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Film screening: Under the Cranes (2011)

Mixing rarely seen archive footage with new cinematography, Under the Cranes offers a lyrical, painterly evocation of Hackney over several hundred years. Based on "Hackney Streets", Michael Rosen's poetic play for voices, the film moves across time and space as we hear from Shakespeare in Shoreditch, a Jamaican builder, a Turkish barber and the 43 Group taking on Oswald Mosley in Dalston. This is a film which poses questions about the nature of regeneration in the recent period. It also explores the theme of migration, showing some of the struggles that people go through to secure a place for themselves (fighting racists if necessary), but also how migration brings diversity and the seeds of renewal.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer Michael Rosen and film-maker Emma-Louise Williams.

When? 19:40-21:00
Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - see

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