Altab Ali & the Battle of Brick Lane (2020)

Altab Ali and the Battle of Brick Lane is a short animated documentary that explores the events surrounding the racist killing of Altab Ali, a young Bangladeshi worker in east London in the late 1970s. It tells the tale of the widespread racism faced by the Bangladeshi community living in east London at the time and how the incident inspired a generation of Bangladeshis to join hands in the fight against the racist forces. Using interviews of the activists involved in the anti-racist struggle and striking contrasting imagery, the film tells the tale of the event that marks a turning point in London’s race relations.

There is also a fantastic online education resource, The Fight for Equality developed with young people from George Green School as a way to help others learn about the radical history on their doorstep. Local communities have come together to help stamp out racism by speaking out and taking direct action against hatred and intolerance. Link below.

Director biography: Diwas Bisht has been a PhD student in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University since Oct. 2017. Before joining the programme, Diwas was working as an Illustrator and Animation filmmaker in India. He holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting from the Delhi University (2010), followed by a MDes in Animation Film Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (2013).

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