Programme of feature films and discussions exploring the experience of migrants to London
Here, Now illustrated cinema poster
print - colour - 2016
As part of my Digital Artist Residency to mark the centenary of Ben Uri Gallery, I curated a series of films about the experience of recent migrants to London.
The series comprised eight feature films, ranging from widely-seen works to independent and artists features. Each film tells the story of a character moving to London or its surrounds from a different part of the world. After each screening I facilitated a discussion, covering the way the migrant experience was represented in that particular film, and the experience of migration in London amongst the audience.
The programme involved four London venues (Deptford Cinema, Oxford House, SHAK and The Link Thamesmead). Arriving at the height of the migrant crisis, it felt important to draw together sensitive portrayals of migrants' experiences of the city. The programme won widespread praise, with generally sold-out audiences, and individual screenings appearing in Time Out's '5 best things to see this week'. It was a real privilege to take part in the post-film discussions, which were always enlightening.