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The audience watched intently as the black-and-white film unspooled, to a thundering live accompaniment by the band Asian Dub Foundation.

Resident Gary Williams said any event that involved local people should be welcomed.

“A lot of people say they are going to do stuff and get people involved from the community, but they never do,” he said.

Over the next few days, organizers are holding screenings of “La Haine” around Britain. In France, it will play Friday in the Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen before a downtown screening on Saturday, the eve of the country’s presidential runoff vote.

At Broadwater Farm, Densu plans to hold regular movie screenings, including ones different in tone from the hard-hitting “La Haine.” He mentioned the musical “42nd Street” and the wartime romance “Casablanca.”

“It’s a film about love,” he said of the Humphrey Bogart classic. “We love here also.”

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Jill Lawless can be reached at http://twitter.com/JillLawless