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Guerrilla

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Convoluted story set during '70s Black Power movement.

TV Showtime Drama 2017
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This dramatic series offers both a glorified and painful look at the Black Power Movement in the United Kingdom during the politically volatile 1970s. It explores the kind of institutional injustices and cultural attitudes that motivated the radicalization of communities of the time, including Black, Indian, Irish, and White African racial and ethnic groups. But it awkwardly weaves this around Marcus and Jas' relationship, as well as other key characters' backstories. Meanwhile, the choppy introduction of multiple characters and resistance groups into the narrative often makes it difficult to follow.

Guerrilla does succeed at showing how complicated and chaotic this chapter in British history is. However, while it offers a realistic portrayal of the ruthless violence employed by law enforcement and nationalists, its characterization of the actual Movement in the United Kingdom, which was mostly an intellectual one, makes its groundbreaking work appear more more violent than it really was. Taking this creative license serves to underscore how government and law enforcement characterized them, and, of course, heighten the drama. But it also paints a picture that isn't very accurate.

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