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Steve McQueen, the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave, is hitting Amazon Prime with an ambitious anthology of five films, released every Friday, that center London’s West Indian community over the course of two decades. The debut feature, Mangrove, tells the true story of the Mangrove Nine, a group of Black British activists arrested at a 1970 protest against racist police harassment. The second, Lovers Rock, is set in 1980 (when Black people still weren't welcome at white London nightclubs) and follows a night of music, racial tensions, and young love. 


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