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Small Axe

The five films tell personal stories about London’s West Indian community from the late-1960’s to mid-1980’s.

The five films tell personal stories about London’s West Indian community from the late-1960’s to mid-1980’s. The title is derived from an African proverb, which has resonance throughout the Caribbean, “if you are the big tree, we are the small axe”. This was made popular by Bob Marley in The Wailers' song Small Axe from the album Burnin’ (1973).

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