Friday 22nd November: Revisiting CHINATOWN – voices in contested water

3 Nov


Passengerfilms is back on Friday the 22nd of November, and we’re thrilled to be at a new venue: the Shoreditch Village Hall, a pop-up events space in Hoxton Square.

Join us to explore filmic voices and bodies contesting that most essential of human needs: water…

We’ll be screening Roman Polanski’s classic Chinatown (1974) – a story of murder, reservoirs, and the birth of Los Angeles – and reframing it with a selection of short films: The British Public Information Film Dark and Lonely Water (1973), Peter Nestler’s innovative early work Am Siel (1962), and Wanuri Kahiu’s dazzling Kenyan sci-fi short Pumzi (2009), which imagines society on a desiccated future earth.

With guest speakers:

Alex Loftus is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography at King’s College London. His research interests speak to the natures of the urban and their politics, and is author of Everyday Environmentalism: Creating an Urban Political Ecology.

Richard Bater is a PhD candidate in Geography at King’s College London. Richard’s research empirically and conceptually examines the government of the present, presently focussing on historical and contemporary approaches to water regulation in Central Asia.

Sophie Mayer is a film journalist, academic, and artist interested in the meeting between arts and social justice. Sophie is author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love.

Plus drinks and discussion as usual!

Friday 22nd November, 7pm. Entry £5 on the door. The Village Hall, Shoreditch Works, 33 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN (see map)

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