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La Haine

Mathieu Kassovitz throws a cinematic Molotov cocktail at structural racism, police brutality and media manipulation.

Image from La Haine

France 1995
Dir Mathieu Kassovitz
With Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Taking place over 24 hours following the police shooting of a young man, Kassovitz’s film shows the world through the eyes of three friends frustrated by politicians and the media excusing police brutality. The black-and-white visuals and hip-hop soundtrack underscore the urgency and rebellion at the heart of this classic.

Bassam & Riz: The anxiety and wonderful aimlessness of youth. Captured with an energy unseen before.

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