Chronic Youth 2021
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.
Chronic Youth 2021: Acasa, My Home + recorded ScreenTalk
After 25 years of living in the marsh of the Bucharest Delta, one family is forced to move to the city in Bucharest, where a whole new world awaits.
Chronic Youth 2021: If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution
We dance for joy, in protest, to express ourselves. Dance becomes an act of rebellion. Words can build a movement, but movement can inspire a revolution.
Chronic Youth 2021: You Will Die At Twenty + Da Yie
Muzamil has turned nineteen and is about to face the pre-ordained future bestowed to him by his village, after a childhood curse: he will die at the age of twenty.
Chronic Youth 2021: Lisbon Beat
A modern-day cinematic representation of how Afro-Portuguese identities influence the vibrant music scenes of Lisbon.