In Our Hands: Mapping Us!
Saturday 27 April, 7pm

A screening of five short films by young people exploring themes of home, belonging and gentrification in the city. Each film will retell and refresh the narrative of another London neighbourhood; crucially, from the perspectives of young residents and artists.

Destination Westway by Dhelia Snoussi (24). Named after the controversial regeneration scheme of the same title, Destination Westway tells the story of gentrification in West London through vignettes of a real conversation between young West Londoners. The short experimental film will give context to the anecdotal stories of young people of exclusion and marginalisation in their area, by also exploring the history of the Westway and the local area. Once labelled ‘Browntown’, Ladbroke Grove is now earmarked ‘a top ten destination in London’. The film explores the paradox in these schemes that celebrate Notting Hill Carnival and also disappear and marginalise the very communities that create this culture.

This Is Home by Sky Caesar (19). Sky collaborates with poets across London from Burnt Oak to Hackney to produce a collaborative piece about their respective understandings of home. Using projections from mainstream media, the poem is their collective response and counter-narrative to those negative projections about our neighbourhoods.

We Grew Up In by Sameer Qureshi (24). Using spoken word, Sameer follows a day in the life with his childhood friends, re-enacting scenes from old photographs and memories from the Poplar and Shadwell areas that they grew up in, including all the ways the area has changed for good and bad.

Gentrimental by Patricia Kekula (19). Patricia’s animation-documentary looks at the relationship between gentrification and mental and physical health. The film is a coming-of-age story of a young girl who struggles with body confidence issues and social media pressure to look good and keep up with trends. At the same time, she also sees her area ‘upgrading’. As new wealthier people move in and old neighbours move out, she feels increasingly worthless as she is priced out of her community.

The Granville is a collaborative film by students of the American School in London and Granville Community Kitchen. South Kilburn has been a building site for over five decades. Amidst the changes, the Granville centre has been a constant: a space for weddings, funerals, and celebrations for over 100 years. Whilst the regeneration plans are being drawn and redrawn, the film explores the importance of community space, especially for historically marginalised communities.

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