YOUNG SOUL REBELS (1991): 4K Restoration - NewFest


New 4K restoration of Isaac Julien’s queer classic, in which two underground DJs seek community and romance in 1970s London


In 1970s East London — just days before the Queen’s Silver Jubilee — underground DJs Chris and Caz have their worlds rocked when a close friend is murdered in a queer hook-up park. Their tight-knit local Black community suspects potential right-wing involvement, while the police point fingers at Chris as the prime suspect.

Iconic New Queer Cinema director Isaac Julien weaves an improbable romance between Caz and his white punk boyfriend amidst these mounting political and racial tensions. Set to a pulsating soundtrack featuring X-Ray Spex, Parliament, The Heptones, and Sylvester, Julien’s stylish narrative feature will be presented at NewFest35 in a stunning new 4K restoration.

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Isaac Julien


Paul Hallam, Isaac Julien, Derrick Saldaan McClintock


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