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Open City Documentary Festival: Beijing Ants

19 Jun 2015

Event times

6.15pm

Cost of entry

£11/£10 conc/£7 University of Westminster Students

309 Regent Street

London
United Kingdom, United Kingdom

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Along with London, Beijing is now one of the most expensive cities in the world to rent property. Director Ryuji Otsuka documents his and his family's struggle as they try to find a new place to live after a huge rise in rent forces them to move out of their old home.

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RYUJI OTSUKA / 2014 / CHINA / 88''

Along with London, Beijing is now one of the most expensive cities in the world to rent property. The rising prices are affecting residents all over the city, including the film’s director, Ryuji Otsuka, his wife and their small child. With the help of a handheld video camera and hidden cameras, Otsuka has created a personal diary that begins at the moment when he must search for a new flat after his rent was suddenly and significantly raised. From this has emerged an immediate, spontaneous testimony about everyday situations that can change easily into acute conflicts – not only due to financial pressure, but also because of the ruthless approach of landlords and indifferent police.

Screening followed by Q&A with director Ryuji Otsuka and a drinks reception.

In partnership with The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment.

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