[EN] Give us space (trailer)

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Apr 072014
 

giveuspace

  • 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.
  • http://www.giveusspace.co.uk

[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.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/22/alara-cereals-wholegrain-alex-smith-squat#

[EN] London 2013 – Squatting is the Only Affordable Housing Option 50mb 3mins mp4

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Sep 202013
 

London 2013 – Squatting is the Only Affordable Housing Option

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

[EN] The Birmingham Social Centre Part I – 2.5mins 11mb flv

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Sep 202013
 

Birmingham Social Centre Part I

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.
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[EN] Voices in the Community: Squatting and the Social Centre

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Sep 202013
 

soc-centres

Voices in the Community: Squatting and the Social Centre

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.

[EN] Bonnington Square 20mins

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Sep 202013
 

bonning

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

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Apr 072013
 

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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.

[EN] The Art of Squatting 21mins 116mb mp4

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Dec 242012
 

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The Art of Squatting – plus part2

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.

[EN] Al-Jazeera: British squatters face eviction after law change

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Nov 082012
 

British squatters face eviction

Thousands of squatters in England and Wales face possible eviction after a change in the law. As of midnight on Saturday, it is a criminal offence to squat in a residential property, meaning that homeowners will no longer need to go to court in order to secure an eviction. The change has prompted protests, as lawyers representing the homeless say the new law will criminalise the most vulnerable in British society. Al Jazeera’s Peter Sharp reports from London.

[EN] First eviction under new squatban 10mins MP4 30mb

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Sep 042012
 

Brighton First eviction under squatban

Watch police take an amusing TEN MINUTES to break the door on the first squat to raided since the law changed on September 1, criminalising those who live as squatters in residential buildings. No-one was living in this place but unfortunately three visitors were arrested. We love them and all squatters. Squatters Network of Brighton.

Brighton Squatter Tales #2 – International Squatter Convergence [ENG] 2mins 8mb MP4

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Jun 262012
 

Brighton Squatter Tales #2

Date: 2012, Country: UK, City:Brighton, Language: Eng, Length: 2mins, Size: 8mb Type: mp4 Filmaker: SchMovies.

Short reportage SchMOVIE from the 2012 Brighton International Squatter Convergence… which happened in May in a huge reclaimed department store – see SNOB for more details

[EN] Channel4 – Criminalisation in UK

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Jun 082012
 

Channel4 – Criminalisation in UK

Channel4 – In 2012, squatting would become a criminal offence – police will be allowed to force entry and arrest anyone who has occupied a property. There could even be prison sentences for squatters if they are prosecuted. http://www.channel4.com/news/housing-crisis-solution-or-home-owner-harassment

Brighton Squatter Tales #3 (ENG) 6mins 38mb flv

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May 242012
 

The Autonomous Homeless Shelter

Date: 2012, Country: UK, City:Brighton, Language: Eng, Length: 6mins, Size: 38mb Type: flv Filmaker: SchMovies.

The day after the Queen’s Jubilee the Autonomous Homeless Shelter (AHS) – a squatted building in Brighton for the homeless – received its court papers. The ongoing squat had been housing 15 vulnerable homeless and non-substance dependent people for six months.
Faced with imminent eviction the AHS staged an all-night sleep over outside Brighton town hall in protest…

[The building has now been evicted but they’ve moved to another one!]

[EN] Great British Property Scandal (TV) avi 45mins 450mb

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May 152012
 

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Great British Property Scandal plus part two.

Date: 2012 Country: UK, City: various, Language: EN, Length:45mins x 2 Maker: Channel4

In The Great British Property Scandal, George Clarke campaigns to bring Britains empty homes back into use and stop the scandalous waste. Laugh as he squats for the night, shudder as you see the number of empty properties in the UK.

Gentrification by Ymere, Javastraat squatted mp4 17mb 3.17min (Dutch/English)

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Mar 262012
 

Gentrification by Ymere, Javastraat squatted (mp4) 17mb Dutch/English 3.17min 26 march 2012
Youtube
http://uitverkoop-zeeburg.nl

Filmmaker: Spirit of Squatters

anmiddag heeft een grote groep krakers vier panden aan de Javastraat in de Indische Buurt bezet. Met deze actie willen zij protesteren tegen de ophanden zijnde ontruimingsronde waarin weer eens voor leegstand wordt ontruimd, en de verkoop van sociale huurwoningen in de buurt. De gemeente en woningcorporaties hebben de handen ineen geslagen om de voorraad sociale huurwoningen terug te dringen en de rode loper uit te leggen voor speculatie en gentrificatie. Dit terwijl er een schrijnend te kort is aan betaalbare huurwoningen en de markt voor koopwoningen is ingestort.
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Brighton Squatter Tales #1 (ENG) FLV 7min 58mb

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Nov 232011
 


Brighton Squatter Tales #1

Date: 2011, Country: UK, City:Brighton, Language: Eng, Length: 7mins, Size: 58mb Type: flv Filmaker: SchMovies.

On November 5 2011, Brighton squatters took to the streets in protest against the forthcoming criminalisation of squatting. A move which will only make things worth for the homeless and indeed anyone taking direct action to house themselves. This film includes the last footage of activist Mark Rivers, who died tragically that night.

[EN] ACPO Conference – Squatters UK 9mins 40mb mp4

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Sep 202011
 

ACPO Conference – Squatters UK

Date: 2011, Country: UK, City:Brighton/London/Southend, Language: Eng, Length: 9.5mins, Size: 40mb Type: mp4 Film-maker: Shergroup


Shergroup wankers talk about a few evictions in the UK (Raven’s Ait island, the church in Brighton, Camp Bling in Southend-on-Sea). This film was apparently shown at the 2011 ACPO conference (ACPO = Association of Chief Police Officers). See you next time suckers!!

New social center squatted mp4 20mb 4.49 (Dutch/English)

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Jul 252011
 

New social centrer squatted  (mp4) 20mb Dutch/English 4.49m 2011
Youtube
Filmmaker: Spirit of Squatters

After years of dilapidation the former pet asylum is turned into a new social centre for Amsterdam. We have plans for all sorts of activities but first we need to clean and reconstruct the place. Developing the Polderweggebied is one of Amsterdam East’s prestige projects.
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Mare Street Squatters, London [ENG] 2mins 10mb mp4

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Aug 242010
 

Bailiffs Attempt to Evict Mare Street Squatters

Date: 2010, Country: UK, City: London, Language: ENG, Length: 2 mins, Size: 10mb Type:

Squatters and their supporters were determined to stop the eviction of an occupied social centre in Hackney, East London. They constructed barricades and declared that they would peacefully resist any attempt to remove them. On the morning of the 17th August High Court bailiffs tried unsuccessfully to remove the squatters.
17-08-10, Hackney, London, UK (the place was later evicted).

[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

[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.