When does violence become necessary as an answer to violence?
“When you think about civil rights, you think about the Black Panthers, you think about America,” he says. “Well, in England, in the early ‘70s, there was a smaller, similar movement. It was far from easy if you looked Indian or black. And I think ‘Guerrilla’ attempts to show you what that fight was like.”
“12 Years a Slave” Oscar winner John Ridley and stars Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay and Rory Kinnear also weigh in on the series’ significance:
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Set in London 1971, “Guerrilla” centers on Jas (Pinto) and Marcus (Ceesay), who are just learning to be together as a couple when they become the victims of police violence. The rampant racism pushes them to the point of learning how to become guerrilla fighters. They enlist the help of a man named Kent (Elba), break a man out of prison and begin to target the Black Power Desk, a counterintelligence unit that seeks to crush black activism. Kinnear also stars as Chief Inspector Pence.
The six-part “Guerrilla” premieres on Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.