It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform
27min | Documentary | 4 May 2017 (Canada)

On May 4, 1992, in Toronto, a march against anti-Black police violence turned into a riot. The demonstration was organized by the Black Action Defense Committee, a civil rights group and criminal justice watchdog founded by members of Toronto’s Black communities. While the mainstream media and politicians called it a riot, others called it a “rebellion”, even an “uprising”. It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform explores the events of May 4, 1992, their historical context, political impact, and relevance to contemporary struggles against anti-Black racism. With racial injustice, police killings of Black people, and the Black Lives Matter movement on the front pages, this provocative new documentary asks: What does it take for Black people to get justice in this society?

Directed by Howard Grandison

Produced by Simon Black, Idil Abdillahi, Howard Grandison

Major funding for It Takes A Riot was provided by The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project at Ryerson University and the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock University.

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