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Grenfell Tower and Social Murder

Exploring concepts of criminality in the context of the Grenfell Tower fire

One of a series of four documentaries for The Open University’s module on Criminology, the film stimulates students new to the subject to think about what constitutes a crime, what amounts to harm, and who can be a criminal. Focusing on the Grenfell Tower fire, the film looks at crimes committed by the state, social harm and state responsibility.

David Scott Senior Lecturer, Criminology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University

"The film is exceptionally well made and exactly the kind of learning resource that the Open University aspires to.”

Faced with highly contentious and emotive subject matter, we used our extensive research and interview skills to find rarely seen footage and witnesses willing to tell their story. The film delivers learning outcomes, but also honours the bravery, resilience and humanity of those involved.

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