Directed by: Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Artangel Open Winner, and the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, the work of filmmaker, artist and cultural activist Andrea Luka Zimmerman presents tender portraits of community and solidarity, exhibiting sentiments almost entirely missing from our contemporary political vocabulary.
Her feature documentary Estate, a Reverie (2015), celebrates her community’s resilience in the face of the impending demolition of their east London housing estate and the passing of the utopian promise of social housing it once offered. Filmed over seven years, Estate reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents, asking how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability, disability or geography to present a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity.
Taşkafa, Stories of the Street (2013) is a film about resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul featuring text and readings by the late 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. Multi-layered and profound... A lyrical and gripping vision of the loneliness and disempowerment that haunts life even in the world’s wealthiest cities” Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act Of Killing, The Look of Silence
“Taşkafa is that rarest of breeds, a work of poetry and praise, singing of the heightened daily joys that come from a true comradeship between species” Gareth Evans, Film curator Whitechapel Gallery, London.
"A work as profound as it is protesting"
Sight & Sound Critic’s Choice, Best films of 2013- Taşkafa, Stories of the Street
- Taşkafa, Stories of the Street (2013) - presented from a brand new digital transfer of original materials, approved by the director.
- Estate, a Reverie (2015) - presented from a brand new digital transfer of original materials, approved by the director.
- Original English language soundtrack in stereo 2.0 audio.
- A new and exclusive filmed interview with filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
- Booklet featuring new essays by writers Colin Dayan, Rosemary Belcher and author Ali Smith.