First of our pre-festival online events, hosted by Coventry City of Culture 2021, will be a screening of UK documentary Injustice (2001), co-directed by Ken Fero and Tariq Mehmood. Between 1969 and 1999 over a thousand people died in police custody in England. Not one police officer has ever been convicted for any of these deaths. The film follows the struggles for justice by the families of some of those who have died in police custody.
The film was in production for seven years and you can learn about the directors’ experiences during that time from their statement. Since its launch in 2001, Injustice has been screened in UK cinemas and many international festivals, winning awards, but was never broadcast on a British TV channel. A petition on Change.org, calling upon Channel 4 to broadcast the film, is open for signatures.
We want Screening Rights audience to watch the film together on Thursday 30 July and then join us at 7pm for a panel discussion exploring the issues raised by this controversial documentary. We will be joined by both filmmakers, Marcia Willis Stewart QC, the prominent civil rights lawyer specialising in inquests, and Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder, a former paratrooper who died at a Hull police station in 1998.
Please register to get the viewing link and link for zoom panel discussion.
Update 8 September 2020: the recording of the panel discussion is now available on our YouTube channel: