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Dangerous Characters - London’s Little Italy between the wars

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This documentary shows how fascism arrived in the UK in the early 1920s tearing apart the Italian community in London’s Little Italy.

This award-winning documentary shows how fascism arrived in the UK in the early 1920s tearing apart the Italian community in London’s Little Italy centred around Clerkenwell and Soho. Directed by journalist and historian Alfio Bernabei it covers events ranging from the first march of Italian Blackshirts to Westminster in 1922, to the sinking of the Arandora Star in which 476 Italian UK residents died in 1940. Interviews with the survivors and testimonies covering the interwar period provide a unique insight into the manipulation of a vulnerable community and illustrate the antifascist struggle led by political refugees and their British friends. First shown by Channel 4, and winner of the ‘Best Research’ prize at Florence People’s Festival, ‘Dangerous Characters’ has now become essential viewing with its rare footage and vivid accounts of turbulent events spanning over three generations. Q&A with the director.

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