Steve McQueen’s rousing courtroom drama makes trenchant points about injustice

Dir: Steve McQueen; Starring: Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby; 124 mins.

Steve McQueen’s Mangrove, which opens the London Film Festival, is a rousing courtroom drama which tells the true story of the “Mangrove Nine.” These were the Black defendants put on trial at the Old Bailey in 1971 for riot and affray after taking part in protests against unprovoked police raids of the Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill.

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Steve McQueen’s British Courtroom Drama Does Justice to a Landmark Case Against Black Activists

Ask yourself: What do the words “Black Power” signify to you? That’s the question several of the Mangrove Nine put to each of the potential jurors in what would prove to be a landmark civil rights trial — one in which nine Black activists were arrested on serious charges after a public demonstration against London police harassment on Aug. 9, 1970, devolved into an incendiary example of the very thing

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