Solidarity + Lucy Parker & Mohaan Biswas

Blacklisting, the secretive practice by which trade unionists and activists are labelled ‘troublemakers’ and denied employment, has decimated the careers and lives of thousands of workers across the UK. 

In Solidarity, artist Lucy Parker’s first feature-length film, blacklisted construction workers and activists share their ongoing struggles. Many years in the making, the film follows meetings between activists and law students brought together for the film, revealing alarming links between workplace blacklisting and undercover policing. At the centre of it all is the determination of a community working together to find justice.

Solidarity has been made with members of Blacklist Support Group, core participants in Undercover Policing Inquiry, and members of campaign groups Justice For Domestic Workers, Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union, Independent Workers of Great Britain, Unite the Union, Police Spies Out of Lives, GWB, RMT, Unite British Airways Mixed Fleet, County Durham Teaching Assistants, Bakers And Food Alliance Workers Union, BECTU Picturehouse and many other individual trade unionists.

Includes a discussion with filmmaker Lucy Parker and Mohaan Biswas, activist for Independent Workers Union of Great Britain.

This is event is part of the Zero Hour season at Tyneside Cinema. 

Thursday 7 November 2019
20.30
Tyneside Cinema (Roxy)
Book tickets
£6/£4

Films

Solidarity

Lucy Parker

UK
2019
76'
Video, colour, sound

About the contributors

London-based artist Lucy Parker’s films have been screened or exhibited at festivals including AV Festival (2018), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018), Toronto International Film Festival (2017) South Korean New Media Festival (2017). She was the 2016 filmmaker in residence at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Lucy’s films are distributed by LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London.

Mohaan Biswas graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2014. He worked as a volunteer with schoolchildren in the UK, and in Palestine as a part of the DfID International Citizen Service (ICS) scheme, where he was based with the Sharek Youth Forum to deliver employability workshops and English language classes at a women’s refugee college in Ramallah. Biswas has been working as a Deliveroo courier in London for the past 3 years. Since 2016 he has been a representative of the Couriers and Logistics Branch of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB). The IWGB is a grassroots trade union organising workers across the ‘gig economy’