Chronic Youth Film Festival 2022
We’re back in the cinemas for a weekend of international films questioning home, hope and hostility, curated by the Barbican Young Film Programmers.
This year, we’re asking what ‘Home’ means to those facing adversity around the world and here in the UK. Our festival features the Santo Domingo drama Bantu Mama, and Mother: a Brazillian documentary celebrating queer community; El Planeta, a Spanish comedy about a mother-daughter duo facing eviction; Crossroads, a teenage cult classic about girlhood and friendship; the UK premiere of School of Hope (L’école de l’espoir), a documentary on the social and climatic challenges faced by Moroccan nomadic communities, and Rooted: a UK-based shorts programme exploring the hostile environment(s).
Chronic Youth 2022: El Planeta
Amalia Ulman directs and stars in her debut feature: a tragicomedy about a mother-daughter duo facing eviction that riffs on class divide, the pitfalls of adulthood and the joys of the artificial.
Chronic Youth 2022: School of Hope (L’école de l’espoir)
L'École de l'espoir centres on an isolated clay building, east of the Atlas Mountains, known as the ‘School of Hope’, providing a welcome, but challenging lifeline to its young nomadic students.
Chronic Youth 2022: Crossroads
Crossroads is a star-studded teenage classic, about a cross-country road trip to discover the importance of friendship and remaining true to one’s heart.
Chronic Youth 2022: Bantú Mama + Mother
Questions and celebrations of motherhood, home, and chosen family are brought to the forefront in Dominican feature film Bantú Mama and Brazilian documentary short Mother.
Chronic Youth 2022: Rooted + ScreenTalk
“Rooted: an exploration of ‘home’ in the face of an increasingly hostile environment” is a collection of short films about systemically disenfranchised communities from UK based filmmakers.