Remembering and reflecting on the 'Battle of Lewisham' in August 1977, when a mobilisation by the far-right National Front in South East London was met by mass opposition

Friday, 12 March 2010

Lewisham 77 at Cafe Crema

From Lewisham, Peace, Justice and Solidarity:
Thursday 18 March
Who shot the sheriff? The Battle of Lewisham 1977 and the Battle of Cable Street short films looking at the fight against fascism from the 1930s to today with Q and A with film makers and Unite Against Fascism

Who shot the sheriff?
- the history of Rock Against Racism and Love Music Hate Racism inspiring and mobilising young people to stop the fascists by bringing together music and politics-from the 1970’s to today.

[Details here. Read an interview with director Alan Miles here. We showed this on our Lewisham 77 commemorative day, and it went down well. If you like it, you may also like our short films about Rock Against Racism's Red Saunders: 1, 2.]

Lewisham 1977 about the Battle of Lewisham filmed in New Cross by Deptford TV volunteers.

[Not sure which of our films they are showing, presumably this one, filmed on our commemorative walk. More details of the film in this article. Our films were made by volunteers, including Goldsmiths MA Screen Documentary students, in collaboration with Deptford TV, a project which uses open source technologies to generate new forms of collaborative film-making to document changes in SE London.]

The Battle of Cable Street and The Legacy of Cable Street with film maker Yoav Segal

[More info here. Note: Cable Street features in our film about anti-fascist footsoldier Martin Lux.]

With Q and A with film maker and Unite Against Fascism - important lessons as the fascist BNP stand in the forthcoming elections.

Presented by the Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group and south-east London Unite Against Fascism in conjunction with Café Crema , New Cross; also join face book ‘sel uaf see LARAG online exhibition with images and quotes about fighting fascism in London from 1930’s to 2010.
For all the films at Café Crema there is a charge of £6 which includes polenta meal or cake and drink ordered at 7.30 pm, film screening 8.15pm. Tickets available from the café in advance. To guarantee a place at this cosy venue. 306 New Cross Road. London SE14 6AF. 2 minutes from New Cross and New Cross Gate stations mob 07905 961 876/ 07905 552 571 for information. Pop in: book your seat!
Bonus link: Watch the Deptford.TV film about Cafe Crema.


Rocklands ArtBeat said...

if im about...

bmp standing in lewisham this year too

ModernityBlog said...

Hang on,

Is Cafe Crema still boycotting Israelis?

Ben Gidley said...

I am one of the co-organisers of Lewisham 77, but am writing this in a purely personal capacity, as the person who accidentally sparked off the whole Crema boycott issue by leaving a copy of the Jewish Chronicle on my table when I was there for a coffee.

To be fair to Chris of Crema, they never boycotted Israelis, they claim not to sell any Israeli products. How this tallies with the Israeli film they once showed at Crema (the Lemon Tree, I think, as once featured on Modernity's Blog), I'm not sure.

I have been to Crema once or twice since they made a point of this boycott, significantly less than I had done before, when I had been a regular. As well as being opposed to the boycott in general, I found the way Crema instituted their boycott to be insensitive and hurtful. The last time I was there was perhaps December, and the boycott notice was still up.