The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU70 Film Festival 3 - Vulnerability and capacity to act

06 March 2024, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

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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.

This event is free.

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Lecture Theatre 1.03
Malet Place Engineering Building
2 Malet Place

Chair: Dr Paroj Banerjee
Panellists: Professor Cassidy Johnson, Professor Julian Walker, Professor Andrea Rigon, Professor Caren Levy 

After the rain 

This documentary film as part of our Reducing Relocation Risks Project, It is call “After the Rain” by David McEwan and it is about flooding and relocation in Kampala, Uganda.  

Kelyan Barat: Building capacity and participation for community-led solutions 

This film documents a participatory design initiative to design and develop an inclusive public space in the Kelyan Barat settlement in the city of Banjarmasin, Indonesia. The initiative built from research conducted as part of the AT2030 research project, conducted by the Indonesian NGOs Kota Kita and Kaki Kota, with the Bartlett DPU, supported by the Global Disability Innovation Hub. The film explores the challenges of developing public spaces that are relevant for a wide range of groups including disabled people, assistive technology users, older persons and children, in a dense urban setting where public space is a scarce and a contested resource. 

Empowering vulnerable communities through participatory design 

The film shows the importance of participatory design to empower communities and address social cohesion in contexts affected by displacement. The film is divided into two parts, the first part shows a built project in Lebanon where participatory design methods were adopted to address vulnerabilities through the implementation of a spatial intervention in a city that hosts a large number of refugees from Syria. The second part of the film shows the importance of participatory design to empower children who have been affected by displacement. 

Indefensible space 

The aim of this film is to highlight the problems and strategies related to gender-based violence faced by women in slums because of lack of secure and dignified access to toilets. The film was produced in a partnership between the Bartlett DPU, the UCL Institute for Global Health and SNEHA, Mumbai, supported by a grant from UCL Grand Challenges. The film was made in Dharavi, Mumbai, with the participation of the communities working with SNEHA, an organisation working on prevention of violence against women and children since 2000.