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Twilight City (15*) + Dear Babylon (15*) + Panel Discussion

Chronic Youth 2020

A young man lies down in a restful pose in black and white

Journey through the history of othered identities encased in London’s architectural landscape.

Twilight City

This 1989 film by the Black Audio Film Collective is a poetic rumination on the overlooked history of othered identities in London. A young black woman, Octavia, writes a letter to her mother Eugenia, who wants to return to London after years in Dominica. 

This piece challenges the visual language of documentary by deconstructing London’s architectural landscape. The city becomes a stage on which Britain's relationship with the postcolonial world is made visible, highlighting that migrant history is inextricable from the city's identity.

+Dear Babylon

After the implementation of a bill that promises to erase social housing, a group of friends who live on an estate decide to make a documentary. Exploring the space between documentary and fiction, exciting young filmmaker Ayo Akingbade comments on the precarity of social housing.

Tagged with: Cinema Chronic Youth 2020

Twilight City
1989 UK Black Audio Film Collective 52 min

Dear Babylon
2019 UK Ayo Akingbade 21 min


Join us for a panel discussion with George Shire, former lecturer in Visual Cultures and Diaspora studies at University of London, artist and member of Black Audio Film Collective Edward George, and artist, filmmaker and director of Dear Babylon, Ayo Akingbade.

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