Dialogues in Human Geography published a review forum of my documentary A început ploaia/It started raining. The Forum contains reflections that encompass the film, to discuss issues of co-production, research-activism, evictions and the history of housing restitutions in Eastern Europe. It contains four contributions from scholars working on these themes since many years, whom I admire for their scholarship and commitment. These include:
Katherine Brickell, on Forced eviction, intimate war and disposable homes
Liviu Chelcea, on After Engels: Evictions and the urbanization of anti-communism
AbdouMaliq Simone, on A film: A comment
Ana Vilenica, on Becoming an accomplice in housing struggles on Vulturilor Street
The Forum is wrapped up with a final contribution by myself, entitled Caring for the endurance of a collective struggle.
I am happy to be part of the Festival della Participazione, a long-standing festival concerned with civic participation, critical readings of democracy and public debate. The festival takes place each year in L’Aquila, not far from Rome, where the Gran Sasso Science Institute, with its excellent Urban Studies Faculty, is located.
On Saturday 13/10 I’ll discuss #eviction #housing #resistance with a number of excellent Italian colleagues, including Francesco Chiodelli, Margherita Zippata and Alessandro Coppola. The debate will start off from the projection of my documentary film around evictions and the fight for the right to housing in Bucharest, A inceput ploaia/It started raining. The film is available for free at www.ainceputploaia.com
A început ploaia is the first documentary about forced evictions in Bucharest, which I written, researched and directed after two years of ethnographic fieldwork, activism and engagement with evicted people in the city.
The film follows the story of the Vulturilor 50 community (100 individuals), whom dwelt on the street of Bucharest from September 2014 to June 2016 in order to fight against the eviction from their home, enacting the longest and most visible protest for housing right in the history of contemporary Romania. The vicissitudes of this community are interpolated with a number of interviews with activists, scholars and politicians, composing a picture that speaks of racial discrimination, homelessness, evictions, but also of grassroots practices of resistance and social change. A început ploaia is the touching testament to the everyday revolution of Roma people fighting forced evictions from the centre of Bucharest, an endeavour made of fragile dwellings, provisional makeshifts and tenuous – but fierce – occupancy of public space.
“Il tempo delle arance” è un bellissimo documentario di Nicola Angrisano sulla situazione di Rosarno, e di chissà quanti altri luoghi in Italia.
Lì c’è razzismo. Perchè è una questione razziale non pagare un immigrato per il suo lavoro. Non metterlo in regola, prenderlo in giro istituzionalmente. Le arance di Rosarno che ci mangiamo sono frutto razzista che digerendo, alimentiamo.