[EN] Lambeth resident facing eviction by Council

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Apr 072014

Maritza Tschepp

[EN] The muesli-maker who began in a squat

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Apr 072014

Behind the scenes: the cereal maker Alex Smith, who began in a squat

  • 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.


[EN] Bonnington Square 20mins

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Sep 202013


Bonnington Square

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.

[FR] Bouh! Un film sur le squat des 400 Couverts

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May 152013


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

[FR] Paths through utopias [EN subs] 112 minutes 548mb mp4

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Apr 072013

Paths through utopias

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.

Jul 262010

Squat Wars

Date: 200?, Country: CZ, City: Prague, Title: Squat Wars Language: CZ Subtitles: ENG, RU, Length: 28 mins, Size: 115mb Type: mp4 Film-maker: Jan Hanus

A medium-length movie charting some public squatting actions in Prague, Czech Republic including Ladronka, Zenklovku and Milada. Check here for more info – http://www.archive.org/details/SquatWars
Plus subtitles in English, German or Russian.

[EN] Spike Surplus Scheme Resist 10mins 47mb mp4

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Sep 202009

Spike Surplus Scheme Resist

Date: 2009, Country: UK, City:London, Language: Eng, Length: 10mins, Size: 47mb Type: mp4

Spike Surplus is a community centre who has helped many artists, musicians and free thinkers to attain their goals. Now after ten years providing beneficial services to the community, Southwark Council are evicting the Scheme and selling of the land. This is a massive injustice! Please help the Spike!

UPDATE the place was evicted :{

War At The Door – Bristol Housing Action Movement webm 57mb [ENG]

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Jul 212009

War At The Door – Bristol Housing Action Movement 57mb English 2009

Filmmaker: Unknown

This series War At The Door was transmitted on BBC1 in 2005.
Revived in 1984, Bristol Housing Action (BHAM) is a non-heirarchical collective of squatters and their supporters. We help provide housing and other support for homeless people. We do everything possible to make sure we don’t turn anyone, however challenging their circumstances, away from being housed somewhere in Bristol.
We are committed to the opening of community spaces and to solidarity with existing social centres.We campaign against the privatisation of public land and housing and for the defence of public space.
Links to other squatting organisations and resources

Advisory Service for Squatters http://www.squatter.org.uk/
Squatting all over the world http://www.squat.net

[NL] News reports – various 2009

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Jan 012009

Shelter – A Squatumentary 2008 [EN] 953mb 43mins m4v

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Jul 272008

Shelter, a Squatumentary(m4v)

Date: 2008, Country: USA, City: Bay Area, Language: EN, Length:
43mins, Size: 953mb Type: m4v Film-maker: Hannah Dobbz

A documentary film that explores the squatting movement in the U$A from 2004 to 2007. We follow three examples of the struggle for housing in an unaffordable marketplace such as the San Francisco Bay Area. Hellarity House, Banana House, and Power Machine are stories of squatters who have found one tentative solution to the ongoing housing crisis.

[EN] TAA Brighton 2008

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Jan 082008

Temporary Autonomous Arts Brighton(webm)
Date: 2008, Country: UK, City: Brighton, Title: Date: 2008, Country: UK, City: Brighton, Title: Temporary Autonomous Arts Brighton, Language: English, length: 3mins, size: 9mbTemporary Autonomous Arts Brighton, Language: English, length: 3mins, size: 9mb
In 2008 TAA came to Brighton for the first time. More info – http://www.randomartists.org/

[EN] Bristol Space Invasion

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Jan 082008

(2008) Bristol, Space Invasion, Autonomous Day’s of action(webm)
Date: 2008, Country: UK, City: Bristol, Title: Bristol Space Invasion, Language: ENG, length: 48 mins, size: 8mb
April 11+12 2008 saw international days of action in defence of squats and autonomous spaces (see http://april2008.squat.net ). In Bristol enraged creatives took a building in the centre of town turned it into an exibition and music space and did a carnival parade to contest the impending grip of corporate interests on our city – the luxury flats, displacement of social housing, eviction of squats, closure of clubs and shopping centre expansion to name but a few elements.

[NL] News reports – various 2008

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Jan 012008

[NL] Table, Bed, Chair [EN / BRPT subs] avi 30mins 731mb

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Apr 082007

Table, Chair, Bed as avi

Date: 2007 Country: NL, City: Amsterdam, Language: NL, EN subs Length: 30mins, Size: 731mb Type: avi / ogg / iso Film-maker: Robert Hack

Also available as ogg

Also available as iso

Brazilian Portuguese subtitles

Table Bed Chair is a documentary about the squatter scene of Amsterdam. The film combines insights into the history of the squatter movement and its particularly well developed autonomous structures and practices with a focus on the extraordinary legal situation in the Netherlands.

“Squatting is taking over an empty house, basically.” With this statement, cool and precise at once, the viewer is introduced to the world of the ‘krakers’, as Amsterdam’s squatters are called.

Table Bed Chair sketches a documentary portrait of the movement by inquiring into ideological approaches and real-world alternatives to existing social structures. Explosive archival footage traces the historical roots of the movement to its climax in the volatile years of the 1980s when up to 10.000 krakers lived in squatted houses in Amsterdam.

Contrasting interviews are used to explore differing points of view on issues such as selforganisation, autonomy and ideology, as well as violence as a legitimate means in the struggle. The interviewees, all active or former squatters, speak about the lack of housing and missing alternatives. They want to use empty spaces and live the utopia of a better society outside established norms. Because of its heterogeneity the movement is exposed to internal conflicts and constantly forced to change. Laws are being tightened over the decades and the city is slowly regaining control by means of repression as well as legalisation. However, the infrastructure of the earlier movement remains largely intact.

Together with the still unsolved housing problem, this infrastructure constitutes the essential basis of today’s kraker movement in Amsterdam.


The viewer watches squatting in action – the breaking of a door – and is thrust into a world which is romantically presented by the squatters as a kind of green oasis at the heart of the urban waste-land, a legal grey area in which dreams can be turned into reality. After a short, strangely civilized and almost friendly, intermezzo with the owner of the house and the police, the circle of squatter-existence is closed: A whole block of council flats with
more than a hundred apartments is evicted. The voices of krakers barricaded in another house, distorted through the walkie-talkie, urge to hang on in there: “We love it! It’s not the first time and probably not the last time!”

[EN] Sombrio Trailer

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Jan 082007

Sombrio Trailer(webm)
Sombrio is a 60 minute documentary about a community of squatters and surfers who lived on a beach on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island BC. The documentary follows the residents over a two year period leading up to their eviction and follows up four years later.

[EN] Villa Road – Property is Theft

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Jan 082007

Villa Road

The story of Villa Road, a squatted street, during the heyday of squatting in the late 1970s, when all over the country people lived together in politicised communities. These squatters were on the left, and were part of a generation whose views were underwritten by Marxist ideology. They believed that the revolution was coming and the state would be overthrown.

Villa Road in south London brought together an extraordinary community of over 200 people.

“The idea was that there would be a revolution. One was always a little bit vague about exactly what form that might take in Britain, maybe a general strike or whatever. It sounds and it was wildly utopian.”
Mike Reid, Villa Roader

Anarchists mixed with hippies and feminists, and homeless single mothers rubbed shoulders with marxist revolutionaries. The core group in Villa Road were white middle-class graduates. These politicised intellectuals with allegiances to various left-wing groups led the Villa Roaders in all their anti-capitalist campaigns.
Villa Roaders were against the nuclear family, which they felt denied the full potential of the individual. They were antagonistic to the police, who they viewed as an embodiment of the state. They identified politically with the working class, and supported striking workers. These were also the early days of feminism, and women on Villa Road struggled to free themselves from male domination by attending consciousness-raising groups and Marxist reading groups. As well as engaging in political activism, some on Villa Road were interested in transforming their unconscious minds through psychotherapy. This took an extreme form at number 12, which was a primal scream commune, run by the charismatic and wholly untrained Jenny James, who now runs a commune in Colombia and gives a rare interview in this film.

In the hot summer of 1976, the Villa Roaders barricaded the street to fend off eviction and demolition. They won a partial victory: half of the street was saved and still stands today. The communist revolution, however, failed to materialise.

The film also documents London’s most long-standing squatted community, St Agnes Place, a street close to Villa Road. They fought eviction and demolition for over 30 years, and were finally evicted by the council only recently, in December 2005.

[DK] 500 Stenkastende Autonome Voldpsykopater fra Helvede

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Jan 012007

[DK] 500 Stenkastende Autonome Voldpsykopater fra Helvede

“For Sale! Including 500 violent stone throwers from Hell”, was the message from the controversial squat ‘Ungdomshuset’ in Copenhagen. The film takes a balanced look behind the barricades and follows the definitive last year in the life of the squatters before all was demolished in March 2007.

English subtitles