Starting Monday, September 17th, the Concordia University chapter of Cinema Politica returns with Christophe Coello’s Squat: The City Belongs To Us. The film follows the activist collective Miles de Viviendas (Thousands of Homes) in Barcelona as they work to set condemned buildings free by occupying them and transforming the boarded flats into inspired homes. The film questions the brutality of speculation in Barcelona as the group attempts to “resist gentrification, bring vitality to forgotten urban spaces, protest against war and neoliberalism, and build community.”
All Cinema Politica screenings take place in H110 (the hall building theater) every Monday at 7pm. Entry is by donation.
“Cinema Politica is a media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and abroad. Cinema Politica’s biggest and longest running local was founded at Concordia University, Montreal in 2004 and ever since it attracts between 300 and 600 people to its weekly screenings. Each semester programming is focused around themes that touch on social justice, environmental and cultural identity issues, and all screenings aim to bridge political independent filmmaking, local activism and civic education and engagement. Cinema Poltica Concordia is administered by the Concordia Cinema Politica Student Association (CCPSA) which is a legally incorporated non-profit fee-levy group funded by undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia.”
You can visit their website here.