Intolerance (1998)

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Documentary series charting the experiences of West Indians in Britain following the start of mass immigration into this country in 1948. 2 of 4: Despite the upsurge in racial disharmony which accompied Caribbean migration to Britain in the 1960s, black communities increasingly left an imprint on society through churches, musical culture and the struggle for recognition.

The account begins with the 1958 Notting Hill riots. Blues parties were a vital part of West Indian life and the Blue Spot radiogram was a coveted item in West Indian homes. Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, looks back on the music industry as the Caribbean influence grew, The underworld scene also grew, attracting figures like Christine Keeler. With several West Indian lovers her notorious affairs nearly brought down the Government.

By the end of the 1960s, black churches were the focal point of life for many West Indian families. Families put down roots and black political activists began to work to combat racism.

Includes footage of Malcolm X giving a speech at the Oxford Union.

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