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Welcome II the Terrordome 1995 18

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

With its title co-opted from a fierce track by New York rappers Public Enemy, Ngozi Onwurah's sole feature to date is a rough diamond of 1990s British cinema, a harrowing blast of grungy exploitation. It begins with a haunting prologue set in North Carolina in 1652, where an Ibo family calmly drown themselves rather than succumb to the chains of slavery. It then jumps forward to immerse the viewer in a fetid slum of the near-future - the titular Terrordome - where drugs, crime and racism are as rife as the brutality visited upon the majority black inhabitants by the police.

The first film directed by a black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release, this low-budget yet visually imaginative work was widely derided at the time, but it should be commended for its eyebrow-scorching passion. Moreover, it forges surprising links between near-mythical pasts and imagined futures to provoke prickly questions about contemporary race relations, police brutality and the limits of 'progress'.

Ashley Clark

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Directed by

Ngozi Onwurah

Featuring

Felix Joseph

Saffron Burrows

Suzette Llewellyn

Genres

Science Fiction Drama

Tags

Future Racism

Collection

Unavailable on DVD Black Britain on Film Tomorrow's World The Female Gaze Black British Filmmaking

Certificate

18

Released

1995

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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