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DPU70 Film Festival

A celebration and discussion of films made by the DPU and international partners in the context of teaching, research, public engagement, and policy and planning impact.

An interview with city planners is filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of a DPU participatory video engagement.
Photo Credit: Alexander Macfarlane

A series of film screenings drawing on the research of DPU colleagues to explore film as a method that engages with the politics of knowledge generation and ethical considerations of representation. 

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DPU70 Film Festival 1 - Housing

Towards a Lima with energy justice and dignified housing 

How to coproduce knowledge remotely during the COVID 19 pandemic? This documentary, made as part of the project GEMDEV ‘Grounded Energy Modelling for Equitable Urban Development in the Global South’, is based on remote participatory video training to capture energy and housing challenges of low-income settlements in Lima and the strategies inhabitants adopt to reduce vulnerability.   

Sensing the City: Young people and regeneration in London 

This film is a collaboration with Pempeople and The Ubele Initiative to explore new methods of public voicing for young people. Facilitated by poet and performance artist Kat François and interdisciplinary media artist Daniel Oduntan, the film explores notions of belonging, change and displacement, race, age and labelling, Covid lockdowns and mental health, voicelessness and the importance of active listening when designing tools to empower.  

(Un)Homely City: Navigating houselessness in a pandemic 

Attention to unhoused groups in Indian cities have been poor. The pandemic, more precisely the ways it was governed exacerbated the living conditions of the urban houseless. This documentary has been produced following a research project called ‘Interrogating Unsafety’ which examined how the measures of protection was counterproductive for the houseless in Mumbai. 

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DPU70 Film Festival 2 - Art and intersectional identities as resistance

Gaza artists and desirable cities 

The main topic of this film is resilience of Gaza people through art. Throughout fieldwork we were surprised to hear about so many art activities in Gaza – a territory that suffers from decades of oppression and violence. We were also concerned by the ways in which Gazans are represented as passive victims rather than active human beings and hence felt that it is important to bring voices of interviewees. We felt that producing a film is effective in bringing academic knowledge to wider pubic. 

Creative practice and the Anthropocene 

This audio-visual documentary was made as part of a project ‘Creative Practice and the Anthropocene ’ initiated by Liza Griffin (DPU) and George Revill (Open University) to critically explore ways that arts-based thinking and publicly engaged practice might intervene productively in the current environmental crisis. The video, directed by Chris Bonfiglioli, captures a conversation between four artists and our research team on how creative practices might be fostered, developed, and deployed to address some of the challenges of the Anthropocene. 

We want to change everything  

Since 1976, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has been a global force in the struggle for social justice, gender equality and environmental justice to defend and promote habitat-related human rights. For its members, this common struggle takes place through grassroots or ‘popular’ schools. This film takes us through the critical reflections of the protagonists of some of these schools in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Uruguay.  The film was made as part of the Knowledge and Action in Urban Equality (KNOW) programme, and in collaboration with Habitat International Coalition - Latin America as well as the feminist film collective La Sandía Digital (2020-2021).