Monthly Archives: January 2012

The City That Exploded Slowly – Beirut in Photo-Text

The City That Exploded Slowly (Leslie Hakim Dowek) In The City That Exploded Slowly, a photo-text series which will be screened as a slide-show in this festival, Leslie Hakim-Dowek maps out a personal ‘archaeology’ in the city of Beirut in … Continue reading

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‘Odessa . . . Odessa!’ – Ukraine, New York and Israel

Odessa . . . Odessa! (Michale Boganim, 2005) In this film, directed by Michale Boganim, the camera observes three “Odessa” communities: the real one in the Ukraine, another in New York and a third in Israel. The contemporary documentary maps … Continue reading

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‘Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds. Sub-Saharan Transit Migration in Morocco’

Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds (Charles Heller, 2006) Today’s featured film from the Urban Migration Film Festival is Charles Heller’s Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds. Sub-Saharan Transit Migration in Morocco (2006). The video is part of The Maghreb … Continue reading

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‘Statue of Liberty’, by Ken Burns

Statue of Liberty (Ken Burns, 1985) Ken Burns is perhaps the most well known American director of the historical voice-over, archive-footage documentary style. This is one of his earlier films and has been selected because of the iconic status of … Continue reading

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John Akomfrah on BBC Radio 4 – director of Handsworth Songs

  Today’s Midweek on BBC Radio 4 had an interview with John Akomfrah, whose ‘Handsworth Songs’ is one of the films to be shown at the Urban Migration film festival. According to the BBC information on the programme, Akomfrah’s new … Continue reading

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‘Chronicle of a Summer’ by Jean Rouch

Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch, 1961) This film has been chosen to open the festival as it heralds a new style in visual anthropology and documentary. Over the summer of 1960 Jean Rouch turned the camera on his own … Continue reading

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‘Refuge England’ – preview of a film from the forthcoming UCL Urban Migration Film Festival

This is the first of a series of blogs in which we preview some of the films we’re going to show at the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival on February 15th (see how to sign up below). Today’s featured film … Continue reading

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