Robots of Brixton

Marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Brixton riots of 1981, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares created the below video short Robots of Brixton.

Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.

The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.

I barely remember the Brixton riots, but those years and with the subsequent Tottenham riots of 1986, were not the best of times in London’s modern history.

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