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A First Farewell (12A*) + Zoom panel discussion with Dr Rachel Harris and Rahima Mahmut

Chronic Youth 2020

two kids sitting in a field with long grass behind them

Follow two young Uighur children navigating the effects of state enforced cultural homogenization in north-western China.

This is a stunning directorial debut from Xinjiang born filmmaker Lina Wang. Isa and Kalbinur – two young Uighur children from North-western China – experience their childhood in a minority community on the backdrop of state-enforced Mandarin-based teaching at school.

Coupled with the uncomfortable path to adolescence and trouble at home, these children come into unwelcome independence as they learn about loss within a lush rural landscape. Wang is able to capture with respect, the  joys and sorrows embedded in these children’s lives.

After the film, we're delighted to welcome Dr Rachel Harris, SOAS Professor whose research includes Uyghur culture, and Uyghur human rights activist Rahima Mahmut, to discuss some of the issues raised via Zoom. 

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2018 China Dir Lina Wang 86 min


Warped Moves: A VJ Experience 
Come and experience a hypnotic audio-visual live streamed performance by the Barbican Young Programmers on Sat 3 Oct.

Chronic Youth Watch Party
Join the Young Programmers at 7pm, Sun 11 Oct for a free watch party to wrap up the festival, discuss the films you’ve seen and learn more about their experiences curating the annual event. 


We’ve brought in measures to keep you safe, in line with government guidelines. 

Under new guidelines, we’ve fewer available seats in our cinema and fewer screenings so we can clean between shows. You can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from your own household (or support bubble) and we ask you to not swap seats so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.

Tickets must be booked online in advance.

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Barbican Cinema 1