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Chronic Youth 2021

A young teenage boy in a white top lays his head on an older man's chest, who is wearing a white t-shirt

A season of films celebrating roots, rebirth and rebellion, from emerging filmmakers around the world, curated by the Barbican Young Film Programmers. 

In a time when being together seems harder than ever, this year’s programme chooses to focus on films that explore the bonds that unite us. In this selection of feature films, shorts and events, both online and in-venue, we showcase the work of filmmakers across the globe, exploring themes of self-definition, community and chosen family.

This year’s programme offers the gripping story of a dislocated Romanian family in Acasa, My Home, to an exclusive preview of Sudanese drama You Will Die At Twenty, and the heart-warming and rhythm-fuelled shorts programme 'If I can't dance, it's not my revolution'. What brings this programme together is the moving stories of different people uniting through a shared desire to choose their own path, and connect with the world around them.