Small Axe

$24.98
  • “If you are the big tree, I am the small axe.” Like Bob Marley’s lyrics, director Sir Steve McQueen’s five deeply personal dramas cut to the core of blatant racial discrimination in London’s West Indian neighborhood, from 1969 to 1982. They inspire you with the power of community, from confronting relentless police raids in peaceful neighborhoods, to celebrating young love at a blues clubs when black youths aren’t welcome in white nightclubs. See how a child raised in hardship can clear a path to healing, and find reasons to hope and work for justice and changing racial attitudes. A multi-award-winning collection. 7 hours on 2 Discs SDH

    • Cast: John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, Jack Lowden, Micheal Ward
    • Format: DVD
    • Number of Discs: 2
    • Region: 1
    • Run Time: 395 minutes
    • SKU: 23225
    • Subtitles: SDH
  • Mangrove: Mangrove tells the true story of Frank Crichlow, whose West Indian restaurant Mangrove, a lively community hub in London’s Notting Hill, attracted locals, activists, intellectuals and artists. In a time of blatant racial discrimination, Crichlow finds himself and his drug-free business the brunt of relentless police raids. In a bid to stop the discrimination and ruination of their community base, Frank and his friends take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970, only to be met by police aggression. As a result, nine men and women, including Frank, leader of the British Black Panther movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe, and activist Darcus Howe are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot and affray. A highly publicised trial ensues.

    Lovers Rock: Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a blues party in 1980. The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre called lovers rock, and to the black youth who found freedom and love in its sound at London house parties, at a time when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.

    Red, White and Blue: After seeing his father assaulted by police officers, a young black man is driven to join the force, with hopes of changing racist attitudes from within. He soon finds himself facing both his father's disapproval and racism in the ranks.

    Alex Wheatle: The true story of award-winning writer Alex Wheatle. Having spent his childhood in a mostly white institutional care home with no love or family, he finally finds a sense of community for the first time in Brixton, where he develops a passion for music and DJing. When he is thrown in prison during the Brixton uprising of 1981, he confronts his past and sees a path to healing.

    Education: When 12-year-old Kingsley is transferred to a special-needs school, a group of West Indian women uncover an unofficial segregation policy preventing many black children from receiving the education they deserve.

  • Additional info

    • Cast: John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, Jack Lowden, Micheal Ward
    • Format: DVD
    • Number of Discs: 2
    • Region: 1
    • Run Time: 395 minutes
    • SKU: 23225
    • Subtitles: SDH
  • Details

    Mangrove: Mangrove tells the true story of Frank Crichlow, whose West Indian restaurant Mangrove, a lively community hub in London’s Notting Hill, attracted locals, activists, intellectuals and artists. In a time of blatant racial discrimination, Crichlow finds himself and his drug-free business the brunt of relentless police raids. In a bid to stop the discrimination and ruination of their community base, Frank and his friends take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970, only to be met by police aggression. As a result, nine men and women, including Frank, leader of the British Black Panther movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe, and activist Darcus Howe are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot and affray. A highly publicised trial ensues.

    Lovers Rock: Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a blues party in 1980. The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre called lovers rock, and to the black youth who found freedom and love in its sound at London house parties, at a time when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs.

    Red, White and Blue: After seeing his father assaulted by police officers, a young black man is driven to join the force, with hopes of changing racist attitudes from within. He soon finds himself facing both his father's disapproval and racism in the ranks.

    Alex Wheatle: The true story of award-winning writer Alex Wheatle. Having spent his childhood in a mostly white institutional care home with no love or family, he finally finds a sense of community for the first time in Brixton, where he develops a passion for music and DJing. When he is thrown in prison during the Brixton uprising of 1981, he confronts his past and sees a path to healing.

    Education: When 12-year-old Kingsley is transferred to a special-needs school, a group of West Indian women uncover an unofficial segregation policy preventing many black children from receiving the education they deserve.