Estate, a Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (83 min., 2015)
co-presented by CDAR, Film + Digital Media Wednesday Night Cinema Society, and Sociology
Wednesday March 2, 2016 7 PM Communications 150 (Studio C)
Screening followed by conversation with Andrea Luka Zimmerman and UCSC Associate Professor of Sociology Miriam Greenberg
Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.
Knowing the previous work of its creators, I believe this project will achieve something very significant for the times we are living in. It will remind us – and how appropriate this is for the medium of film – that, both politically and humanly, the past is not behind us, not obsolescent, but beside us and urgent.
– John Berger
Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community struggling to survive in a boarded-up London public housing project, long slated for demolition. Multilayered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman’s film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness.
– Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act Of Killing
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker, artist and cultural activist. Andrea grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16. After coming to London in 1991, she went to Central St. Martins, where she now teaches. She is co-founder of the artists’ collective Fugitive Images (I am here and Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain). Her new essay-film Estate, a Reverie, tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Her essay-film Taskafa, Stories of the Street (66mins, 2013), about resistance and co-existence and voiced by John Berger, is told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul. In 2014 she won the Artangel Open award for her collaborative project Cycle (2017) with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens). She is shortlisted for the 2015 Jarman award.
Jarman Award 2015 shortlist artist profiles: ANDREA LUKA ZIMMERMAN from Film London