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Twilight City (15*) + Dear Babylon (15*) + ScreenTalk with George Shire, Eddie George and Ayo Akingbade

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 film by Black Audio Film Collective ruminates on the overlooked history of othered identities in London. A young Black woman, Octavia, writes a letter to her mother, who wants to return to London after years in Dominica. It challenges the visual language of documentary, deconstructing London’s architectural landscape. The city is 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
A group of friends living on an estate decide to make a documentary, after a new bill promises to erase social housing. Exciting young filmmaker Ayo Akingbade comments on the precarity of social housing.  

After, we're delighted to welcome Ayo Akingbade, BAFC member Eddie George and scholar George Shire for a discussion. 

Tagged with: Cinema Chronic Youth 2020

Twilight City
1989 UK Black Audio Film Collective 52 min

Dear Babylon
2019 UK Ayo Akingbade 21 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.

£5 Young Barbican exhibition tickets

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Barbican Cinema 1