Chronic Youth Film Festival 2020
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.
Chronic Youth: A First Farewell
Follow two young Uighur children navigating the effects of state enforced cultural homogenization in north-western China.
Chronic Youth: Twilight City + Dear Babylon + ScreenTalk
Journey through the history of othered identities encased in London’s architectural landscape.
Chronic Youth: Land of Ashes
Land of Ashes follows a young woman as she negotiates grief and adolescence in rural Costa Rica.
Chronic Youth: Reel Short Takes
A series of shorts that put self-exploration to film. Stop by to experience the world through someone else's lens.
Chronic Youth: Q's Barbershop
A lighthearted and captivating insight into black masculinity in Denmark from a barber's chair.
Chronic Youth: Una Banda de Chicas
Marilinia Giménez’s debut documentary takes us on a sonically charged exploration of all-women bands in Argentina’s male dominated music industry.
Chronic Youth: Warped Moves - A VJ Experience
Come and experience a hypnotic audio-visual live performance by the Young Barbican Programmers to close out Saturday evening.
Barbican Cinema 1
Barbican Cinema 1 is located within the main Barbican building on Level -2. Head to Level G and walk towards the Lakeside Terrace where you’ll find stairs and lifts to take you down to the venue floor.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Level access from the Pit floor foyer only to the two boxes (see Mobility below). All other seats lead off stepped aisles.
Two boxes at the rear of the auditorium each have space for one wheelchair user and a companion. Please book early and ask for these seats.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking, to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the auditorium. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.