(K. Brent Tomer),
AT the beginning of each episode of “Guerrilla”, a different quote appears on screen. All revolutionary in tone but unattributed, the quotes invite viewers to consider the words without preconceptions. “Those who protest injustice are people of true merit,” reads one. “Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more,” says another. After a few seconds, the author’s name is revealed—Ho Chi Minh in the first instance, Ulrike Meinhof in the second. It is a ploy that forces the viewer to reassess their convictions, demonstrating how fine the line can be between freedom fighter and terrorist.
Lines and labels, especially those imposed on the oppressed, are things that interest John Ridley. Best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave”, Mr Ridley penned most of “Guerrilla” and directed three of the six episodes. The mini-series follows the radicalisation of a small group of left-leaning activists living in Brixton, south London, in the early 1970s. A mixed-race couple is at the heart of the group: Marcus (Babou Ceesay), a black, unemployed teacher who is turned away by recruiters who look…Continue reading