Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Home of the Resistance + Uppland + Q&A (2018)

Location ICA London, Director Ivan Ramljak, Edward Lawrenson, Country Croatia, UK, Ireland, Duration 79, Date Event has passed

In Kumrovec in 1974, communist authorities built the Memorial Home for WWII Resistance Fighters and Youth of Yugoslavia, a building that has lain dormant since its closure in 1991. Ivan Ramljak’s atmospheric spatial study Home of the Resistance stares through the modernist architectural elegance to reveal, within its ruined walls, the spectres of the past. Edward Lawrenson’s Uppland (made with architect Killian Doherty) looks at the remote highlands of Liberia, where a once thriving mining town now stands abandoned, decaying and desolate: a concrete ruin in the West African bush. It is a film about architecture; the remnants of colonialism; and the spiritual cost of industrial mining.

Home of the Resistance | Ivan Ramljak | 2018 | Croatia | 50’
Uppland | Edward Lawrenson | 2018 | UK, Ireland | 29’

+ Q&A with directors Ivan Ramljak and Edward Lawrenson, hosted by Henrietta Williams (filmmaker, photographer and academic, The Bartlett School of Architecture). Both films are UK Premieres.

In partnership with UCL Urban Laboratory