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With his bold and multifaceted Small Axe anthology, Steve McQueen has made the films of the moment. The three parts screening in the NYFF58 Main Slate—Lovers Rock, Mangrove, and Red, White and Blue—capture vividly the lives of London’s West Indian community in the 1970s and ’80s and their force of will against systemic racism and discrimination. “I dedicate these films to George Floyd, and all the other Black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere,” the director said in May. In this panel discussion, McQueen and his collaborators—including co-writers Courttia Newland & Alastair Siddons, and actors Shaun Parkes and Letitia Wright—will dig into the making of this sprawling project and illuminate the artistic and political ambitions that have shaped it. Moderated by Dennis Lim. 

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