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Steve McQueen on Black resilience in his new film series: 'If you are the big tree, we'll be the small axe'

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Director Steve McQueen attends the red carpet of the movie 'Small Axe - Ep. Red White and Blue' during the 15th Rome Film Festival.
Director Steve McQueen attends the red carpet of the movie 'Small Axe - Ep. Red White and Blue' during the 15th Rome Film Festival.
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Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen makes his television debut with the anthology film series Small Axe.

Set between the 1960s and the mid-1980s, it tells fives stories from the West Indian community in London dealing with racism and discrimination. Two of them are semi-fictional, and three of them are based on true stories. The series stars Letitia Wright (Black Panther), John Boyega (Star Wars), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Michael Ward (Top Boy) and newcomers Amarah-Jae St Aubyn and Sheyi Cole, to name a few.

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