A feature-length drama inspired by real events: the Bradford riots of 7th July 2001, the most serious case of rioting in mainland Britain for 20 years. Written and directed by Neil Biswas, staring Sacha Dhawan (The History Boys), with music by Asian Dub Foundation, the film follows a fictional Asian family caught up in catastrophic events.
While the clattering of horses’ hooves and riot shields is tense and evocative, it is the more abstract ideas of belonging and identity that really give this film its dynamic voice
An intimate, involving depiction of the devastating impact a moment of madness can have on a single family
The film is a subtle and important contribution to the debate about how 9/11 changed the world irrevocably
They may have been overshadowed by what happened in New York and Washington on 11 September later that year, but the events that took place in Bradford on 7 July 2001 are still hugely significant, as a gripping new Channel 4 drama demonstrates… Bradford Riots offers a sometimes disturbing insight into the impact of civil unrest on the Muslim community… But it is also a reminder about the traumatic consequences of racial strife