You might think there’s something a little perverse about showing a film about riots and police violence on the very estate that Mark Duggan – whose death sparked last summer’s upheaval – once lived. But that’s exactly what the Other Cinema did on on Wednesday, the eve of the London Mayoral election. With support from the local community, the spectacle included a breakdancing crew, graffiti artists and even a newly-turned professional boxer. The main event of the night was the screening of ‘La Haine’ with a live score by Asian Dub Foundation. Other Cinema founder Fabien Riggall, who’d first seen them perform the score at the Barbican said it ‘took the roof off’, and once again they did not disappoint. But in many ways the best aspect to the evening was the locally-sourced entertainment, from the politically-infused slam poets and short films created in just one week around Broadwater. The Other Cinema are touring the show around the UK and France, where it will rightly sell out large venues at £27 a pop, and yet the Tottenham community centre was far from full for this free event. In fact the leafleters and press almost outnumbered punters. Didi Mae Hand
For your chance to see ‘La Haine’ at the Troxy tonight (May 5), see theothercinema.org.