Featuring performances and films from real live immigrants
Main event: Tuesday 28th April 7-11pm
Vibe Live and V Gallery (above the Vibe Bar, The Truman Brewery. 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL)
Part of the East End Film Festival 2009.
Tickets £7. £5.50 concessions. Keep your papers on you at all times!
The long awaited, hugely anticipated UK launch of Zorokovich 1917 Vodka.
Admission for the first 200 includes a free shot of the premium Ukrainian Vodka Zorokovich 1917 - âthe spirit of revolution.'
âOptimistic Immigrants' is a multi media event run by Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell of Optimistic Productions. It builds on the themes of Eastern European exile, immigration and integration seen in their feature film in production commissioned by More 4 called âHow to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire' http://www.myvodkaempire.com
âOptimistic Immigrants' explores all stories and diverse creative explorations of migration bringing together film, music, performance and discussion with a specific focus on the layered history and stories of the locality in which each event is held.
This upcoming outing on Tuesday 28th April is part of the East End Film Festival 2009 and is held in Vibe Live (above the Vibe Bar in the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane) in an area loaded with ongoing urban migration history and the shadow of Mosley's black-shirts.
Eastern European music will accompany a series of film screenings exploring both historic and contemporary migration issues with some of the film-makers and their subjects on hand to introduce and discuss their stories.
The event will also include the opportunity to witness the amazing Paper Cinema and Kieron Maguire.
Join the Vodka Club, watch the film trailer and enter installations by Hilary Powell inspired by Maroussia Zorokovich's romantic accounts of revolution and exile. Also open after dark (8.30-10pm) fri 24th,sat 25th, sun 26th, mon 27th, wed 29th.
Music and performance throughout the evening by:
Zac Gvirtzman and Dave Shulman eminent vagabond gypsy jazz musicians on accordion and clarinet.
Romanian singer, songwriter, actress, poet, puppeteer, animator and filmmaker will be performing a migration related puppet routine.
Programme of short films 1hr 30mins
How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire trailer
Since finding his Grandmother Maroussia Zorokovich's vivid account of life in and escape from Russia during the 1917 Revolution Dan has been obsessed by her riches to rags story of romance and exile. In February 2008, using her lively and colourful manuscript as a guide Dan went on a quest to discover his roots in the Ukraine and ended up at a spirits factory expropriated from his great Grandfather during the revolution and still open for business almost 100 years later. Dan embarks on importing the spirit of his ancestors into the UK and, following in their entrepreneurial footsteps, launching his own Vodka Empire with Zorokovich 1917
Dan Edelstyn.2008.(5 mins)
In November 2006 the UK Home Office changed the immigration rules to a points based system. Originally made for Aljazeera's âPeople&Power' strand this documentary explores just how these changes impact on the lives of people living and working in GB.
Hugh Hartford and Rosa Rogers.2006.(20 mins). Hugh Hartford will be at the screening with one of the subjects of the documentary, Anwar to chat about the film and issues.
http://www.banyak.co.uk / http://www.rosarogers.co.uk
Against the backdrop of the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, 'The Referee' tells the story of Nikolai, a Ukrainian Sunday League football referee on London's Hackney Marshes. 'The Referee' is a film about isolation, community and fair play.
Mike Paterson. 2005 (10 mins) The director will be present to introduce the film.
Film for Humanity âBeyond Brick Lane - Bengali Reflections On Today's East End'
Three of the eight films made as part of this free filmmaking project for people connected to the East End in partnership with Circus Media and St. Hilda's Community Centre and produced by Elliot Manches, with the support of Uzma Iqbal, Tom Stoddart, and many others. Set up by filmmakers Elliot Manches and Elliot Tucker in 2006 Film For Humanity promotes equality, social inclusion and the celebration of diversity & common interest - essentially bringing people together and sharing stories.
Fish out of Water
A Bengali soul reflects lyrically over history and across continents.
Emma Ahmad, Tanzeena Ahmad, Forida Khan. (6 mins)
Strangers and Fiction
Local reaction to Monica Ali's book âBrick Lane'.
Raj K Ramaswamy, Jonathan Singers. (9 mins)
And this is how I wash my Hijab
A poignant visual poem, sharing a commonplace activity with the wider world.
Aysha Begum Miah. (4 mins)
A series of Channel 4 x 3 minute wonders focusing on the 'hidden' work carried out by immigrants in the UK, with typical letters home to their families as far flung as Lithuania and Bangladesh.
Julie Moggan and Simon Chambers. 2005.(12 mins)
The Battle for Cable Street
In 1936 Oswald Mosley requested to march through the East End with his army of Blackshirts in a display fascist power. Government at the time deemed stopping the march to be an infringement of the freedom of speech. However Jews, Irish, dockworkers and Communists joined the people of the East End in a multi cultural stand against fascism and intolerance. It resulted in new laws being introduced, which still exist today, to ban political uniform and restrict fascist activity. The director's grandfather, Ubby Cowan, helped organise the demonstration and âThe Battle for Cable Street' brings Ubby's vivid memories to life - told through the eyes of a child and using cutting edge rotoscoped and frame by frame animation side by side with HD cinematic live action.
Yoav Segel. 2006. (10 mins)
Children of the Ghetto Trailer
Tracing a section of London that between 1880 to 1940 was home to a large number of Eastern European Jews. The filmmakers recall this period using archival footage and interviews with people who lived in the area at that time including Vidal Sassoon and Steven Berkoff.
Elliot Tucker. (7 mins) The filmmaker will introduce and talk about the project.
The Paper Cinema & Kieron Maguire
Like watching a film being created before your eyes, The Paper Cinema create live animation using lovingly-crafted paper puppets who inhabit surreal paper worlds. Live music by Kieron Maguire on viola and flamenco guitar. The Paper Cinema will be performing 2 pieces on the themes of travel, migration and separation. (30 mins)
http://www.thepapercinema.com / http://www.kieronmaguire.com
Starting and ending the night:
DJ Penny Metal
'Boldly playing tunes no one else dares, Penny Metal is a DJ extraordinaire! Heart warming, life affirming and really good fun, Penny's unique and inimitable style is never limited by her love of all things Russian and Eastern European. She spins an irresistible and eclectic mix of tunes. And always with a huge smile!'
http://www.myspace.com/pennymetal / http://www.pennymetal.com/
* Sample your free shot of Zorokovich 1917 vodka, get caught up in the spirit of revolution and become a member of the Vodka Club *
* Look out for the salesman with a suitcase of fine wares including beautiful Ltd Edition âHow to Re-Establish A Vodka Empire: The Story so Far' publications.
* Enter the worlds left behind - of âshadows in the drawing room' and âa fugue composed of all the broken love songs in the world' in installations by Hilary Powell inspired by the manuscript of Maroussia Zorokovich and her memoirs of life during the Russian Revolution and flight westwards to Northern Ireland.
*The Vodka Club is being used as one of the ways to fund the making of the feature film âHow to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire.' Club membership includes a bottle of premium vodka, your name in the film credits and invitation to the premiere screening in 2010.
For further information contact Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org