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Fruitvale Film Club: Sus (2010)

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

The Birth of a Nation (2016)


The London Campaign Against Police and State Violence ( is a friends- and family-led campaign group opposing all forms of police and state brutality against communities in London and beyond. We put on a monthly free film screening to provide a space where it is possible to enjoy an interesting movie but also to share and discuss experiences of violence, objectification, oppression and harassment. This could include intrusions such as constant stop and search, or physical violence, or the everyday stress of being made to feel you somehow have to account for yourself and your experiences of racism.

We've shown a diverse range of films in the past (Fruitvale Station, Pressure, Candyman, Poetic Justice and the anti-psychiatric abuse documentary Whose Mind is it Anyway? - John's Story). Anyone is welcome at our events and anyone is welcome to suggest future films for us to show and discuss.

For this edition we screen Sus (2010).


1979: Election Night - a police interview room. Delroy's pregnant wife has been found dead in a pool of blood and he is brought in as the chief suspect. With all the evidence stacking up against him Delroy continually refuses to confess. He suffers a night of callous humiliation at the hands of two racist coppers, both high on the impending Conservative landslide victory.

More concerned with the outcome of the election than establishing the truth they resort to brutal interrogation. The country wakes up to a new dawn with Margaret Thatcher as the new Prime Minister and Delroy's world is changed forever.

From the writer of British classic 'The Long Good Friday' and based on a true story, Sus is a powerful cry against institutional racism which is as relevant today as ever. It pulls no punches in its depiction of a corrupt system that fails the very people it should protect.

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