To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Liverpool race riots, International Slavery Museum presents the film ‘Betrayal’. This award-winning 15-minute documentary tells the story of the June 1919 riots and the murder of Bermudian Charles Wotten. Using interviews, archive material and dramatised footage, the short film explores the background to the riots, how events unfolded and their legacy. The documentary reflects on how in periods of economic and social instability communities can become fractured, and marginalised people scapegoated.
The film also dramatises the letters of ex-servicemen from the Caribbean and West Africa who were stranded in Liverpool and caught up in the turmoil. These letters, archived at the Liverpool Central Library, reveal both the men’s predicament and the shameful official response to their plight.
The documentary is a collaborative production led by Liverpool-based BrownCow Productions, with the composer, contributors and voice actors giving their time free of charge. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Catherine Leen.