Since 1969, there have been over 2000 deaths in police custody in the UK. It is a frightening statistic that Ken Fero approaches with seasoned conviction. Ultraviolence employs unflinching archival footage to document the tragic and undignified deaths that took place between 1995 and 2005. Victims include Fero’s classmate Brian Douglas and Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot and killed whilst travelling on the London underground. With intimate access to a variety of sources, Fero encounters families devastated by these killings and subsequently thwarted in their struggle for justice. Ultraviolence shows a corrupt system failing UK citizens. An essential starting point in understanding the urgency felt amongst many UK social movements today, Fero’s film is all too prescient.

Lynn Nwokorie

Content warning: this film contains real life footage of violence.

Production company Migrant Media

Closed captions available

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The Debate strand is supported by Col and Karen Needham