SCREENING (director Q&A and after party at The Shacklewell Arms): 28 October 2022 at 18:30

London - Rio Dalston

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SCREENING (director Q&A plus DJ set): 29 October 2022 at 20:30

Bristol - Watershed

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SCREENING (director Q&A): 30 October 2022 at 18:00

Brighton - Picturehouse at Komedia

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SCREENING (Premiere): 01 November 2022 at 18:00

Newcastle - Tyneside

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SCREENING: 03 November 2022 at 18:30

Nottingham - The Old Bus Depot

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SCREENING (Premiere): 04 November 2022 at 21:00

Glasgow - GFT

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SCREENING (Premiere): 05 November 2022 at 18:00

Birmingham - Mockingbird

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SCREENING: 08 November 2022 at 18:15

Manchester - HOME

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SCREENING: 09 November 2022 at 18:30

Edinburgh - Cameo

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SCREENING: 09 November 2022 at 18:30

Liverpool - FACT Picturehouse

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SCREENING (Premiere): 11 November 2022 at 20:40

Cardiff - Chapter

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Dir. Mirissa Neff. 2022, USA, 66 min

In 1979, in defiance of an illegitimate, racist South African regime that kept Blacks and whites separate and unequal, three young men – Ivan Kadey, a white Jewish guitarist from Johannesburg, and Gary and Punka Khoza, two Black Shangaan brothers from Soweto – dared to launch the trio National Wake together. In a time and place where it was illegal for these young musicians to play or live together, their band and its fans fought back with music. They smashed every law to rebel – and filmed themselves doing so, with remarkable foresight and nerve.
Forty years after National Wake was shut down by South Africa’s apartheid regime, veteran New York music journalist Mirissa Neff embarked on telling their story. Relying on the band’s astonishing archival footage, and audio-only interviews, THIS IS NATIONAL WAKE eschews a talking-heads approach to expertly weave its subjects’ voices into a grainy Super 8 tapestry. The result is a dreamlike immersion into a heady but doomed utopian experiment, whose lasting lessons about imagining an anti-racist world resound as loudly today as it did then. This debut feature, steeped in previously unseen footage of a 1970s anti-racist counterculture that few know existed, reveals a band whose music and memories comprise a profound meditation on how history is lived through art and in our minds.


Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.