UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Lab Films / Bartlett Film Exchange: The Seven Sisters Indoor Market

02 March 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Seven Sisters Indoor Market

This event is free.

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UCL Urban Laboratory


Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
United Kingdom

A colossal social transformation reflected in the way our cities are being re-designed is taking place, and we stand to lose out. Developers and politicians are building a new skyline, and with it, bearing a new standard of living costs. Less desirable places are left behind and communities left voiceless, powerless and isolated in the planning and decision-making process.

The Seven Sisters Indoor Market (Klearjos Papanicolaou, 2016) is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about one of Tottenham's most beloved markets, portrays, with numerous and diverse businesses sitting side-by-side vying for custom. Look more closely, and it's evident that it also doubles as an informal cultural centre for immigrants from Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere. Public and private, social and commercial, native and foreign, are merged into a social attitude of inclusiveness - an example of humanity exceptionally embedded into urban space. It is a market imbued with a 'living room' feeling made up of informality and spontaneous cosmopolitanism.

Juxtaposing the sounds, shapes and colours of the market and its patrons with those elsewhere in London, the playful filming style employs various methods of representing space - the interior begins to resemble a street system or 'neighbourhood', such that the market comes to seem like a self-contained village.

Premiered at the East End Film Festival in June 2016, we're happy to welcome the director Klearjos Papanicolaou, co-creator Marios Kleftakis, and Tatiana Moreira de Souza (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL).

Screening partnership with Urban Lab Films and The Bartlett Film Exchange.

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