“All this abuse was happening all the time, unreported… so we wanted to provoke the national debate.” Filmmaker Ken Fero spoke with Dazed through his 1994 documentary “Tasting Freedom” from a room in Regents University, where he now teaches.
After an award-winning career as a documentarian, activist, and lecturer (“Germany – The Other Story” (1991), “Sweet France ” (1992), “Injustice ” (2001)), he’s reflecting on the egregious language of today’s hostile environment and how much the UK’s immigration agenda causes him shame.
It’s been 25 years since “Tasting Freedom,” a searing exposé into the brutality of the UK’s demonisation of asylum seekers, was made. The final shot, which sees a group of detainees on a roof, fenced off, protesting via a hunger strike as they shout “freedom!”, is an image that has been referenced in activist circles and filmmakers throughout the years since.
The film, which focuses on first-hand accounts from Algerian and Zairean conflict refugees in detention, has echoes of our current moment of “crisis” regarding refugees in 2019.
Watch “Tasting Freedom” on Vimeo.
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