Defiance: Fighting the Far Right shines a light on an extraordinary protest movement led by young British Asians in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and others joined arms to oppose the anti-immigrant rhetoric, assaults, and even murders waged against their communities. When authorities and far right politicians ignored or, even worse, encouraged such violence, an Asian youth movement took to the streets to defend their very humanity.

Weaving together rarely-seen archival footage and powerful new first-person testimony, this visceral documentary series captures profound injustices while illuminating the power of perseverance and community. This essential work, from producer Riz Ahmed, director Satiyesh Manoharajah, and Rogan Productions, reclaims a neglected history and underscores the solidarity demanded to overcome oppression.

A profoundly illuminating watch, Defiance is an empowering excavation of an overlooked chapter in civil rights history and a vitally inspiring cross-generational viewing experience.

Satiyesh Manoharajah (Series Director), Rajesh Thind (Producer/Director Episode 3)

Satiyesh Manoharajah is a Primetime Emmy award-winning series director and producer. Before directing Defiance: Fighting the Far Right he wrote and produced the highly acclaimed 9-part podcast series Vishal for BBC Sounds, which made international headlines and led to police reopening the 40-year-old murder case of a young Asian boy who was abducted from the streets of London. Satiyesh led a major collaboration between the Factual and Drama departments at BBC Studios. Before that, he directed the multi-award-winning series Stanley Tucci – Searching For Italy for CNN.

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June 30, 2024 3:00 pm

U.S. Premiere

Satiyesh Manoharajah (Series Director), Rajesh Thind (Producer/Director Episode 3)

Anoop Pandhal (Series Producer)

Will Edwards

Brett Irwin (Series Editor), Sean Mackenzie, Asim Ali

Bishi Bhattacharyara