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Chronic Youth Film Festival 2020

a man sitting in the barber chair with two barbers cutting his hair

The Barbican Young Programmers have curated an international roster of films for Chronic Youth Festival 2020 to challenge your perspectives and connect you to experiences we all share as human beings.

The festival champions overlooked narratives and explores how young people carve out spaces for themselves within communities against hostile or indifferent social and political landscapes. 

Consider the paternal embrace Q adds to each haircut in his barbershop (Q’s Barbershop), the vigour with which female artists defend their right to exist in the Argentinian music scene (Una banda de chicas), and how state policies are perceptible to even the youngest of eyes in the Uighur communities of Xinjiang, China (A First Farewell). All these stories are connected by a thread, young people shaping their realities in order to reconcile what is real with what is ideal.

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. 


See more film for less

Get 20% off tickets and pay no booking fees. Plus, enjoy priority booking and £6 Members’ Screenings of the latest films every Sunday (T&Cs apply)

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