Block: Collectivelly or Housing Development, Neighbors and Collective Housing
(Blok: Společně aneb sídliště, sousedi a kolektivní bydlení) Director: various, CZ-PL-A, 2014, various versions, 103 min
My Street Films: Decent House
Czech Republic, 2014, 5 minutes, Ivo Bystřičan, documentary, in Czech with English subtitles
Elevator is the reason why inhabitants of a house only know people from the same floor. What connects those who have chosen from all the places in the world this very spot for their living? Minimalistic documentary inspection of local predestination and polite urban disregard.
Poland, 2014, 20 minutes, Karl-Heinz Klopf, documentary, in Polish with English and Czech subtitles
Welcome to the giant block of flats accommodating up to 3 000 people in 15 floors and 762 flats. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. Visually enchanting film captures the atmosphere of the house and its inhabitants in important as well as everyday situations in their lives.
Poland, 2014, 30 minutes, Olga Matuszewska, documentary, in Polish with English and Czech subtitles
A documentary homage to the Warsaw housing development built in the 1920’s and 1930’s by Workers Housing Cooperative. The film emphasizes the idea of “the right to the city” and construction of small cheap cooperative flats as an alternative to developers approach.
Life in a Coffin Factory
Austria, 2013, 48 minutes, Alexander Dworschak, Michael Rieper, Christine Schmauszer, documentary, in German with English subtitles
In 1989 a group of 30 activists acquired a ruin of what used to be the largest coffin factory in Vienna and step by step turned it into exceptional housing project with 112 flats, a kindergarten, a restaurant and a public bath. The film shows an encouraging example of participative, collectively owned housing and confronts us with the question: “Is it still possible to turn such an idealistic plan into reality?”
There will be a short discussion with Alexander Dworschak after the screening.