Collective Visions

Cinema Matters

An image from the Battle of Algiers

We look at film’s ability to bring people together forming collective identities, and how cinema facilitated and inspired ideologies, revolutionary ideas and dissident voices.

From the nationalisation of film production in the Soviet Union nearly a century ago, to the visceral representation of revolutionary causes and the poignant dramatisation of collective aspirations, cinema with its popular appeal, has served as a prime vehicle for the construction of our collective identities.

Taking part in the act of building ‘imagined communities’, forming our ideas about who we are and where we belong, as well as who we could become, is one of the most politically charged aspects of cinema. This series spans from the grand ideologies of the Russian revolution and Fascism through the revolt against colonialism and the frustration of the defeated Pan Arabism, to local formative protests and more recent popular uprisings.



The Art of Change

Can the arts change the world? How does the role of artists and the arts help bring about change? How does culture borrow from society – and vice versa? We look ahead at some of the highlights from our 2018 annual theme

Barbican Cinemas