Film preview and Q&A: Andrea Luka Zimmerman presents her new film Estate, a Reverie (2015) – Friday 24 April

Gorvy Lecture Theatre (Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN), 18.30-20.45 (free, no booking required)

Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community struggling to survive in a boarded-up London public housing project, long slated for demolition. Multilayered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman’s film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness.’ – Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act Of Killing

‘Knowing the previous work of its creators, I believe this project will achieve something very significant for the times we are living in. It will remind us – and how appropriate this is for the medium of film – that, both politically and humanly, the past is not behind us, not obsolescent, but beside us and urgent’ – John Berger

Estate, a Reverie (2015) tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in Hackney, London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity.

Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography…

Estate, a Reverie is the last in a trilogy of works on the Haggerston estate, preceded by the photographic installation on the façade of Samuel House, I am here (2009-13); and publication Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain (2010).

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist filmmaker and cultural activist who has been making films since 1998, originally as part of the film collective Vision Machine, which worked predominantly in Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation and working directly with plantation workers. She worked for over a decade with perpetrators and victims of state sanctioned violence, developing filmic strategies in order to establish the effects of political violence on the public imagination. This period also prompted early research for her film essay Prisoner of War (2015), which investigates US militarism and foreign policy through a character study of one of its most enduring rogue agents. In 2013 she completed Taskafa: Stories of the Street, a film about resistance and co-existence. Voiced by John Berger, from his novel King, it is told through the lives of street dogs in Istanbul, and premiered at the Istanbul Film Festival in April 2013. Andrea is part of the art collective Fugitive Images, which recently coordinated a six week multi-purpose project at PEER that opened it up as a social, discursive and imaginative space exploring issues of housing and spatial justice in East London through a constantly changing series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, readings and workshops. Andrea also lectures at Central Saint Martin’s in the department of Drama & Performance.

We are delighted that this special preview screening of Estate, a Reverie will be followed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman in conversation with filmmaker, researcher and educator Jonathan Law, with opportunity for audience Q&A.

Biennial film screenings are curated by Helena Bonett, Emily Richardson and Mercedes Vicente