- Give us space trailer
- GIVE US SPACE is a documentary and a bit more. We focus on creative documentation, research and action around housing issues. The project came about from our direct experience dealing with many difficult housing situations in London, which affected all aspects of our lives; we learned a lot from it, researched it more deeply and we decided to share it!
A feature documentary was the chosen medium, as we believe video is a powerful tool to spread the word and generate awareness. So far the film is the main focus of the project, however we plan to extend it to other creative areas and actions.
- Lambeth resident facing eviction by Council
- Maritza Tschepp is due to be evicted by Lambeth council from her family home of 33 years. Tschepp is among the few dozen people left in Lambeth’s so-called short-life properties, handed over to housing co-operatives in the late 1970s. Now Lambeth wants to sell the homes, arguing it would raise £50m to spend on other housing priorities
- The muesli-maker who began in a squat mp4 3mins 30mb
- Behind the scenes: Alara Cereals started in a squat with two pound notes. But an inauspiscious start has blossomed in to an unlikely success story …
- I got involved in the squatting movement in the early 1970s. I’d moved to London to study architecture and was living in a building on Tolmers Square, just off Tottenham Court Road. I opposed the philosophy of destroying existing Victorian properties and replacing them with modern blocks solely in the name of making money, so I decided I had to live without it. I didn’t spend money for a year until, in 1975, I found two £1 notes in the street and decided to start a business with it.
We began what’s now Alara by selling fruit and veg that would otherwise have been thrown out. We bought a sack of flour from a wholefoods wholesaler near the squat and started baking bread. Eventually we squatted in a retail premises and turned it into a wholefoods shop.
We got evicted from that shop and another, second premises within two years, so, in 1978, we leased a small shop just off the Euston Road. The shop continued to do very well, but the area was being redeveloped and Camden Council allocated our shop as the site office, so we struck a good deal with them to move to a bigger place on Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury.
We wanted to produce really healthy food, and there were no cereals on the market that had no added sugar, salts or fats at that time, so we started making muesli. With more space in Bloomsbury, we were able to get a muesli mixing machine. It all expanded from that point on, until we had our own factory in Camley Street, King’s Cross. We’ve been embedded in the community for years now – we’ve planted lots of trees near the factory, we have an orchard, and the people who work here live close by, too. Our next mission is to sequester more carbon than the carbon we create in making our products.
Our focus is on creating a healthy product with high nutritional value. As well as keeping our muesli free from sugar, salt and fat, we use superfoods such as goji berries and linseeds, and we’ve developed a complex database that we use to develop blends with specific requirements – such as high selenium, or vitamin C – that will still taste great.
Alara was the first cereal company in the world to be certified organic, and now our factory produces about half of all the organic muesli sold in the UK. We are also the first company to be licensed by the Coeliac Society. We’ve come a long way since squatting, but being accessible to everyone remains central to what we do.
- £350million worth of property empty (Russia Today) 3mins mp4
- Almost three quarters of a million houses in the UK are standing empty – and this at a time when there’s a serious shortage of residential buildings. RT’s Polly Boiko went to one of London’s most prestigious streets, that’s become a symbol for Britain’s bricks and mortar crisis. 21 Feb 2014
- St. Agnes Place 6mins 20mb mp4
- Short film about the a squatted community in south London that survived for over 30 years before being knocked down by Lambeth council
March 12th and 13th 2014 – An international coordination of housing rights activists is protesting against speculation at the MIPIM in Cannes. Organisations taking part in the press conference the Bond Precaire Woonvormen, the speculation research collective SPOK, Netherlands, Radical Housing Group London, Collectivo Habita for the right to Housing and the City, Portugal, Tenants’s Asso, Habita NETX, Germany.
Date: 2013, Country: NL, City:Amsterdam, Language: NL/EN, Length:
2mins, Type: mp4
Voor Cineac Extra kijken we terug naar Kraken in Rotterdam, onder andere in het Schieblock. Dit gebouw zit nu vol bedrijven, wie zaten er ruim 10 jaar geleden?
Gezi parkı ruhunu üflemeye devam ediyor! Gezi günlerindeki özgürlüğü, dayanışmayı, iletişimi içselleştiren ”çapulcular” Gezi’den aldıkları ilhamı yeni biçimlere dönüştürüyor. Gezi’den sonra kurulan mahalle forumlarından olan Yeldiğermeni Dayanışması, mahallelerindeki 20 yıldır çöplük olan sahipsiz binayı işgal edip kamusal bir alana dönüştürmek için çalışıyor. Hiç bir hiyerarşinin olmadığı bu örgütlenme, minyatür bir gezi dünyası yaratarak bunu mahallelilerin faydasına açmak ve ‘başka bir dünya’ nın mümkün olduğunu hepimize göstermek istiyor.
Obsaď a žij! CZ Praha 41mins
Je právo soukromého vlastníka nadřazeno veřejnému zájmu? Může squatting nabídnout řešení problému absence sociálního bydlení v České republice, nebo se jedná pouze o subkulturní fenomén? Má majitel právo nechat svůj dům spadnout? Může být odpor vyjádřený občanskou neposlušností legitimní? Jak souvisí konání developerských společností a silných hráčů na bytovém trhu s problémem vyloučených lokalit? Proč dům na pražském Pohořelci stále chátrá a kdo se skrývá za firmou CPI? Dokument o squatterské akci, při níž bylo během jednoho dne obsazeno sedm chátrajících domů, vznikl v produkci A2larmu.
Date: 2013, Country: UK, City:London, Language: Eng, Length: 3mins, Size: 50mb Type: mp4
With rent rising in London, and elsewhere in the UK, young people are finding that squatting is the way to an affordable home.
It is now illegal to move into empty houses or flats so squatters are living in offices and factories.
In this video a recent graduate in London explains his struggle to find cheap accommodation and good living conditions as a squatter
Date: 2013, Country: UK, City:Birmingham, Language: Eng, Length: 2.5mins, Size: 11mb Type: flv
On the 8th of November 2011, we left the Whitmarley, which has been the first home of “the Birmingham social centre”. The social centre is much more than the building; it is the concept, community and people that have formed around it.
In easter, months before we started the project we set out these as the reasons “we”, then a bunch of students who had been organising on campus should create a squatted social space.
Date: 2013, Country: UK, Language: Eng, Length: 30mins
Voices in the Community tells the story of occupied social centres in the UK and considers their significance in the recent discourse surrounding the criminalisation of squatting.
Date: 2013, Country: UK, City:London, Language: Eng, Length: 20mins
Bonnington Square is right in the heart of London, just two minutes walk from the river and just ten minutes from the Houses of Parliament. In the early eighties the one hundred houses of the Square were all squatted, forming a bohemian community from all around the world.The squat had two community gardens, a cafe, a wholefood shop, a nightclub, a newsletter and even a milkbar. Although it is no longer squatted, there are still many low rent housing cooperatives, and the cafe and the gardens are still collectively run, and the Square is now a model of a modern sustainable urban community.
The documentary film “Squat it the Russian way” is a kind of presentation of modern squats in the Russian territory, of their creation, problems they faced and the reasons why they closed. We wanted to show the peculiarities of the movement , because special features of this country cause a lot of obstacles and dangers to unauthorized occupation of housing. It’s impossible to secure the building for the squatters and to create a social center as they practice it in Europe. The film includes materials of more than 10 squats.
Télécharger – http://bouh.poivron.org/
À Grenoble, de 2001 à 2005, une traverse entière a été squattée : plusieurs maisons d’habitation, une salle publique, des ateliers et plein de folies, d’humour, de galères, de collectifs, de colères, d’expérimentations…
Ce film, manigancé par 4 anciennes habitantes du squat est basé sur des recherches archéologiques approfondies, des traces éparses recueillies au fond de divers placards, de tiroirs mal refermés et de poches percées…
Nos histoires, nos luttes, sont précieuses, invisibles et trop souvent étouffées.
97 minutes — VF
Grenoble — janvier 2013
Date: 2013, Country: Scotland, City: Faslane Language: EN Size: 63mb Length: 10min Type: mp4 Maker:Camcorder Guerillas
For over 30 years Faslane Peace Camp on the west coast of Scotland has been a beacon of anti militarism and anti nuclear action. Now the peace Camp need new supporters form all over the UK and beyond.
Can you help save the Faslane Peace Camp?
Date: 2013, Country: Brasil, City: Rio de Janeiro Language: EN Size: 5mb Length: 1min Type: mp4
Police have surrounded Rio de Janeiro’s Indian Museum complex, next to the legendary Maracana Stadium, and have released tear gas in a bid to expel a group of indigenous people and their supporters on Friday (March 22nd) – riot police clashed with supporters of the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years.
Date: 2009, Country: Europe, Language: FR, ENsubs, Length:112mins, Size:548mb Type: mp4 Film by Isabelle Fremeaux, John Jordan and Kypros Kyprianou Music by Isa Suarez.
A book-film project by Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan.
Blurring the fluid boundaries between present and future, documentary and fiction, Paths Through Utopias is a feature length utopian road movie exploring a post-capitalist Europe. Shot during a 7 month journey in 2008 visiting ten utopian experiments, the film is half of the book-film project published in France by Editions Zones. From the direct action Climate Camp set up illegally besides Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French art punks, occupied self-managed Serbian factories to a free love commune in an ex Stasi base, this magicorealist travelogue transports us to a parallel universe where money is worthless and private property has been abolished.
Date: 2007, Country: DK, City:Copenhagen, Language: DK, Subs: EN Length:60mins, Size: 694mb Type: mp4
“69″ is a documentary about a large group of young people who did not see themselves, culturally or politically, as part of established society. In 1982 they lawfully occupied what was known as the Youth House (Ungdomshuset) at Jagtvej 69, on the outskirts of Copenhagen’s inner city. The film portrays the group’s situation in 2007, documenting the stormy last six months of the Youth House’s history, where the radicalized group rage against the establishment. By following the inner circle of activists, we learn more about the group, the reasons for their actions, and the cause of their predicament.
Date: 2013, Country: NL, Language: NL, Length:39mins, Size: 351mb Type: mp4 Film-maker: Afl 5
Afl. 5: De Autonomen. Waarin Michael Schaap, alias De Hokjesman, op zoek gaat naar de wereldverbeteraars, de dromers, de linkse activisten, de subversieve autonomen, die niet lijdzaam toekijken, maar die de wereld willen veranderen.
The End of Squatting in the UK? A Real News production.
“Calls from within government to fully criminalise squatting gather momentum. It could have serious implications for political occupations, and will it backfire on the government’s plans to reduce its welfare budget?”
Com a cloenda d’una trobada internacional d’activistes europeus de la xarxa “Reclaim the Fields” realitzada a Can Piella, el passat diumenge s’okupà un solar de La Llagosta per iniciar un hort popular.
En una jornada fresca pero festiva, s’obriren diferents bancals d’enciams i patates, amb la participació motivada dels veïns i d’un nodrit i divers grup d’activistes internacionals reunits a Can Piella per debatre sobre estrategies de lluita per la terra.
Can Piella resisteix ja a una setmana d’amenaça de desallotjament i fan una crida a la solidaritat activa per defensar l’espai i les terres cultivades.vegeu el video:Ofensiva Horticola
Date: 2012, Country: USA, City:Richmond Language: ENG Length: 21mins, Size: 116mb Type: mp4
This documentary short tells the story of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective in Richmond, VA, an organizing group and cooperative living space aimed at fostering mutual aid and grassroots resistance to authority. From maintaining a community center to carrying out occupations and disaster relief, the video illustrates some of the many ways a handful of committed people can transform their lives and their community.
“Diakoptes”, is a group of cinema and television technicians that try to discuss and communicate the issues of their work, to go out on the streets, protest and challenge the inactivity. Believing in autonomy, away from the working unions that are influenced by political parties, believing in class struggle, in collective, self-organized and antihierarchical action, believing that everything starts from the workers themselves.
Date: 2013, Country: Greece, City:Athens, Language: GR, Length: 3mins, Size: 15mb Type: flv
Τραβήχτηκε μέσα από την Βίλλα την ώρα της ανακατάληψης (9-1-2013)
[EN] Video from inside Villa Amalias during its attempted re-occupation
Date: 2012, Country: UK, City:London Language: ENG Length: 21mins, Size: 8mb Type: FLV
This documentary takes a contemporary look at squatting in England. Mostly filmed in South London, it is set against the backdrop of the approaching olympics and the new law (passed today) which makes the practice of living in unused properties illegal. It explores the kinds of people who live in squats and why, and addresses how these places contribute to society. The film takes the view that squatting in itself is an artform.
Part 1 explores an underground punk gig at a squat, and we meet some of the people who help the night happen. We also learn a bit about squatting in the 1970s.
In Part 2 we talk to a band big on the southern squat scene. We visit the oldest squat in England and see how they open their arms to the public. We are introduced to a campaign group opposed to the law criminalising squatting, and we hear from the council and a housing association. We also visit an art exhibition with work from people who have been living homeless.
Date: 2011, Country: UK, City:London, Language: EN & FR Length: 6mins, Size: 30mb Type: FLV Film-maker: Dasa Raimanova.
Short film about squat in London by Dasa Raimanova