THE MENELIK SHABAZZ FILM COLLECTION
STEP FORWARD YOUTH
In the mid 1970s British born black youth were still considered as immigrants, expected to follow in the footsteps of their parents working in menial jobs. Yet this was a very different generation, treated as outcasts, rejected, in conflict within themselves, at home, at school and most of all with the police. Press and TV coverage tarred these young people as criminals and a problem generation. Through individual and group interviews and complimentary footage Step Forward Youth provides some of these young people with an opportunity to speak about their experiences and attitude to being British. As such the film presents a rare and revealing insight in the minds of a forgotten generation.
Director: Menelik Shabazz
Producer: David Kinoshi
Running time – 29 mins