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Architecture + Urbanism recommends 'Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future'

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


A special screening of the film Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future
 
The Manchester Modernist Society present a screening of the award-winning Bata-ville at 6pm on 26 January 2012.
 
Written & directed by Northern Art Prize Winners Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope, Bata-ville (90mins) is a bittersweet record of an English coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire – the Moravian town of Zlin - a place described by Le Corbusier as a "shiny phenomenon".  Against the backdrop of economic regeneration in their communities, former employees of two now closed UK Bata factories are led by artist / directors Pope & Guthrie on a unique journey through Bata’s legacy and across a changing Europe.
 


What begins as a free holiday soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what Tomas Bata’s inspirational maxim, “We are not afraid of the future” can mean in twenty-first century Britain.

The screening will be preceded by Hush (10mins) by Lynne Pettinger and Will Montgomery.
 
Register in advance for this free event here
 
The screening will be in the MMU John Dalton Building on Oxford Road, Manchester.  Please use the main entrance on Oxford Road (virtually opposite the old BBC building) and follow the signs.
 

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