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Uprising

Season 1
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The extraordinary story of three intertwined events from 1981: the New Cross Fire, which killed 13 young black people; the Black People’s Day of Action; and the Brixton riots.
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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  1. 1. Uprising: Fire
    September 16, 2021
    59min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    London 1981: with racial tensions rising, a party ends in fire and 13 young black British people die. This is the story of that party and the events that led up to it.
  2. 2. Uprising: Blame
    September 16, 2021
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    Tracking the experiences of the victims and their families in the aftermath of the fire, people seek answers for the cause of the fire and organise Black People’s Day of Action.
  3. 3. Uprising: Front Line
    September 16, 2021
    59min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    In Brixton, tensions with the police boil over when an oppressive stop and search operation is launched, targeting black people. Months later, a wave of riots sweeps the nation.

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  1. Bonus: Uprising-Season 1: Trailer
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    September 16, 2021
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    From executive producer/co-director Steve McQueen, Uprising is the extraordinary three-part story of three intertwined events in the UK from 1981: The New Cross Fire which killed 13 young Black people, the Black People’s Day of Action, and the Brixton riots. The series features interviews with those involved and rare archival footage from events that would define race relations for a generation.

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2021
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3.6 out of 5 stars

15 global ratings

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Ian D. LandReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lots of Conjecture and Hyperbole. Tragic Circumstances Shamelessly Exploited to Advance a Narrative
Less a true documentary than yet another racial grievance offering. No opposing views of the violence are given, as the only people who were interviewed were people who advanced the narrative of the filmmakers. They completely gloss over the issue of the muggings which were pervasive in the area at the time, and instead portray ALL POLICE as simply being thugs out to terrorize young black men. The film quickly devolves from a legitimate (albeit very biased) portrayal of the awful racism experienced by black and Asian Britons, into a condemnation of Margaret Thatcher, showing the makers’ true purpose. Getting very tired of these kinds of titles Amazon. They glorify violence and destruction of property as legitimate protest, and set a bad example for impressionable young people. Do better.
5 people found this helpful
rbook22Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Revisting times that are not that far past
Seems like yesterday, but it is around 40 years ago. To think that in 1981, 40 years ago would have been 1941. As with many Amazon review, I have no idea why people are thinking this deserves a negative review. Wrong side of history, to put it mildly. Have a look at yourself, think for yourself.

Fair and balanced account of the events of that time, as far as I can tell. I think the lack of a definitive verdict regarding the New Cross fire is down to limitations of technology and other factors that the film explores.

I lived a 5 minute walk from the fire site for 6 years, some 30 years later. That does not mean I'm special, but it does mean that this series has provide some insights into the experiences of my neighbours.
One person found this helpful
IronGirlReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mesmerizing & Masterful Storytelling in This Intimate, Yet Vital, Film
Beautiful and potent filmmaking of the highest order. As an American, I'd heard about the Brixton riots and had some sense of the mounting racial tension in Thatcher's England of the early 1980s. But i had no idea about the New Cross fire, the young lives lost and altered by it, and how it instigated the uprisings to come (uprisings that mirror the USA in 2020 in so many ways.) I'm grateful to this film not only for teaching me a hidden part of history but to introducing me to so many extraordinary people who offered their stories, stories that need to be told, with emotional honesty, dignity, humor and care. The interviews are the true heart of this riveting movie and I wish all the survivors of this tragic event peace.
Rick BReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Accurate perspective
Directed methodically as if this were a PhD thesis. Great to see a new perspective after more than 40 years later. Better late than never. Timing provides validity for the same issues the world faces today.
2 people found this helpful
Nancy StreetReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Important, moving and relevant
This incredible story so completely parallels what has been happening in the US. Police brutality to black people, racism- frequently within police ranks. Government indifference to the issues.
Or worse, support of the racist idea that black people/immigrants are “invading” the culture. And of course the media serving as a tool to drive the narrative.
It’s also a deeply human story of loss, pain, and anger.
One person found this helpful
Nichole CapelesReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timely!
If we fail to learn from history we will continue to repeat it. A detailed account from both the party goers perspective as well the investigating police officers. The low rating of this documentary has nothing to do with the quality but the white fragility of the those watching. Thus proving thee need for this film. Watch...choose for yourself.
2 people found this helpful
Isaiah WilliamsReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lot of what you'd expect in the comments.
The series is good and gives people who were there a chance to speak about what they lived through. There's a lot of hate about it from some fragile people who don't understand or have the "Well I'm not a racist" attitude. The series also has police officers that explain the police's actions of racism and that side of it.
One person found this helpful
Philip MartinReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Quality is not good
The shows Quality is not good and paints a negative picture of POC
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