Ragamuffin is a man on trial. In the ‘Supreme Court of Afrikan Justice’ he has been indicted for his role in criminalising the Black community. Now he is defended as a disaffected revolutionary. Eventually he will be celebrated as a symbol of young Black urban experience.
During the course of Ragamuffin’s allegorical trial, the Court is asked to consider the historical significance of the Haitian slave revolution of 1804 as well as the events leading up to the Broadwater Farm uprising. Key episodes from the case are depicted using a range of styles including reggae, dance, rap, and mime.
Amani Naphtali’s parodic drama reveals the conflicting realities for Black youth in contemporary Britain and ultimately leaves the audience – aka the jury – to decide Ragamuffin’s fate.
The screening of Ragamuffin will be followed by a Q&A with Amani Naphtali.
The weekend of public programme begins with a day-long event on the Broadwater Farm Youth Association and the story of the Tottenham Three on Saturday 28 August
Amani Naphtali is a trained dramatist, inclusive arts practitioner, creative writer, director, film maker and cultural historian. He wrote and directed the experimental films, Le Bohemian Noir and a fiction film Circles of Fire. Amani also wrote the book for the West End musical, Daddy Cool. His theatre productions also include The Remnant, Valley of the Blind, Song of Songs, Vibes from the Scribes and the seminal hit reggae musical Ragamuffin.