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Films from the Lounge - Not Our Problem

article thumb - Screenshot from the film Not Our Problem

Screenshot from the film Not Our Problem


Video about the experience of being black and living in Southwark in 1984 and suggestions as to how the council can provide better services for Black and ethinic groups in the borough. Narrated by Trevor McDonald.

Date & time

Date:23 October 2021

Time:3pm to 3.30pm

Event Details

Address:Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library
146 Walworth Road

Post code:SE17 1RW

Tickets:Due to Covid restrictions booking is essential. Please email Lisa at


The following film was made against the backdrop of an ever increasing problem around race relations and racial discrimination in the UK during the 1970s and 1980s, this despite the Race Relations Act of 1976. The 1970s saw a rise in activity from the National Front and organisations rose up to protest against them including the Anti-Nazi League, Southwark Campaign Against Racialism and Fascism, and Southwark Black Communities Consortium, supported by Southwark Trades Council and the local Labour parties.

The film interviews people from the borough who express their views about whether Southwark is racist. McDonald says racism is felt to exist but how it is perpetuated is much more difficult to identify. In an effort to alleviate the problems, Southwark has set up a Race Equality Committee and a Race Unit. Graham Geddes from the council says that generally black people have less service from the housing department. Getting a job is harder and unemployment is over 20%. A young Asian man says lower qualified people will get the job over “coloured” people. It’s at school that black and white people really get together for the first time. Teachers believe that this is where racism begins.


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