In wake of the recent London riots, just 30 years after the 1981 Brixton riots, Kibwe Tavares released his animated afrofuturistic, sci-fi short film about the future of Brixton in which robots are disenfranchised and tensions between robots and police escalate into violence. The end quotation from Karl Marx reads: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Here is some more information:
“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.
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