Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Solidarity + Q&A

Location Regent Street Cinema, Director Lucy Parker, Country United Kingdom, Duration 76, Date Event has passed

Solidarity is a rigorous, impassioned investigation into the long-lasting impact of blacklisting in the UK construction industry; a now illegal process through which thousands of workers were denied employment for even tenuous involvement in workplace disputes and trade union activism. Through a composite structure of worker interviews, archival footage from the parliamentary inquest, and a law school’s contemporary investigations, Parker carefully examines the situation from a multiplicity of angles as she seeks to understand, rather than explain, the agendas underlying the Blacklist and its far reaching, continuing consequences. A spare yet immensely powerful enquiry into the systemic and ideological dismantling of workers’ rights in the UK.

London Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with director Lucy Parker, hosted by Carol-Mei Barker, a writer, filmmaker, and researcher based in London. 

Also present will be John Bryan, Blacklist Support Group, and ‘Alison’ and ‘Andrea’, Police Spies Out of Lives.

*Alison and Andrea are pseudonyms used for anonymity, hence the quote marks 

Read an essay on Solidarity by Hannah Paveck