"Incendiary...A pitch-perfect, punk AF documentary [that] doubles as a contemporary call to arms."
"A thrilling, incendiary look at punk’s influence on politics."
"Rubika Shah’s smart, spirited feature debut is a whistle-stop tour of a DIY uprising."
"An engaging historical story with timely contemporary echoes."
"White Riot thrives on cheerleading for punk, contrasting the fleapit venues where it all began with the point when a DIY anti-racist group’s campaign could capture the attention of the greater public. There’s something of Asif Kapadia in the film’s collage of different layers of archive material and its way of making history vivid. "
"...highly engaging and suddenly very relevant. The treasure trove of archive is variously appalling and inspiring...."
"Shah’s film crackles with a raucous energy. Weaving together music, politics, animation and history, White Riot carries a punk infused swagger that is infectious. Filled with engaging interviews with RAR staff, musicians such as Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, Dennis Bovell of Matumbi, and archival footage of The Clash and the Tom Robinson Band to name a few, the film is a brisk and informative journey through a dark period in the UK’s recent history. Shah’s documentary will not only please those unfamiliar with the punk scene, but also those looking for stories of average people challenging the status quo."
"White Riot is a welcome tribute to RAR’s first, most vibrant chapter— an extraordinary fusion of culture and politics that changed society for the better."
"There are a surprising number of resonant connections between the 70’s English multicultural anti-racism movement and the Black Lives Matter protest."
"...a compelling ride through a pivotal and often terrifying period of British history. It’s masterfully crafted with a well-chosen soundtrack and vibrant graphics...."
"An excellent brief documentary about a heroic grassroots political movement whose importance reveals itself more clearly in retrospect with every year that passes."
"White Riot left me with a sense of hope that I haven’t felt for a long time. The barrage of bad news that follows us at every waking hour, and the dominance of racist rhetoric, can make us feel powerless. But if there’s any one message to be taken from Shah’s film, it’s the belief that if a group of punks and reggae fans could unite to fight back against hatred in the 70s, anyone could do the same now."
"...genuinely thrilling, informative and undeniably timely."
"Rubika Shah’s White Riot is an engaging and important study of Rock Against Racism, a movement formed in 1976 in response to the rising racism of the British political and social landscapes. In febrile times such as these, it’s difficult to imagine White Riot being any more relevant."
"White Riot is a timely reminder of the power of music and the dangers of leaving fascism unchallenged. "
"CRITIC'S PICK...heartening and headbanging."
"Rock Against Racism doc ‘White Riot’ is essential 2020 viewing."
"White Riot is a timely history lesson. It demonstrates the possibilities when enough energy is focused in a positive direction, using the eternal language of youth: music. Maybe something similar could happen here."
"In more ways than one, White Riot delivers a welcome blast from the past."
BFI London Film Festival
Special Mention of the Generation 14plus Jury
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Golden Heynal - Special Mention
Krakow Film Festival