School of Law

‘Riots Reframed’ – A documentary and discussion with the video producer Fahim Alam.

13 March 2014 | 14:00h to 16:00h | Seminar
Room 2.46, Liberty Building

‘Riots Reframed’ is a feature-length documentary, which reframes England’s 2011 riots through voices of resistance – threading these perspectives together using moody instrumentals, dramatic monologue and raw spoken word.

This hard-hitting film is unique both in its scope and the journey that produced it. The idea was conceived soon after the producer, Fahim Alam, was released from prison on bail, after being arrested for taking part in riots.

With virtually no knowledge of filming and editing, he set out to make an independent and complex documentary. Most of it was filmed whilst Fahim wore an ankle tag and was subject to a strict curfew as he awaited trial for the charge of ‘violent disorder’.

The documentary takes the viewer through a journey that begins in Tottenham and spirals out to a detailed look at the role of police, power, racism, government, prison, war, resistance and more.

Although the voices base their analysis around the riots, the scope of ‘Riots Reframed’ is much wider and stands in its own right as a poetic but fierce challenge to the system we live under and the suffering it produces.

The result is a radical social commentary grounded in knowledge and art, which synthesises a number of voices from prominent social, cultural and political analysts, to prisoners still recovering from time inside.

The film will be shown on at the event and will be followed by a discussion session with Fahim Alam, the video’s producer, along with Dr Clifford Stott, a leading academic authority on riots and the co-author of ‘Mad Mobs and Englishmen?: Myths and Realities of the 2011 riots’.

The session is co-funded and sponsored by the Security and Justice Research Group and the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies.

To see a trailer for the documentary, see: Riotsreframed.

Attendance at this event is free.  Registration is not required.

Location Details

The Liberty Building
The School of Law
University of Leeds

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map, and is situated on the corner of Moorland Road and Belle Vue Road on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. It is situated behind the Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School).

  • From Leeds train station, it is a 30 minute walk or you can take a taxi for around £5.00.
  • Alternatively, the number 56 bus runs from Albion Street via Woodhouse Lane (A660) and stops on Moorland Road. These run every 10 minutes.
  • If travelling by car, there is a visitors' car park at the south end of the University campus or there is limited four-hour street parking on Belle Vue Road immediately behind the Liberty Building.

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