Here For Life (15)

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Here for Life (15)

1h and 27min | English language
Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson
Produced by Artangel

Starring by Jo Galbraith, Jake Goode, Richard Honeyghan, Kamby Kamara, Errol McGlashan, Patrick Onione, Ben Smithies, Mwiinga Twyman, Jono Whitty and Sasha Winslow

Locarno Film Festival Special Mention | BIFA Raindance Discovery Award Nomination | CPH:DOX Official Selection

Synopsis:

They say freedom's only possible when there's nothing left to lose. But what, in the end, is the real cost of living?

In a city framed by capital and loss, ten unruly Londoners navigate their wild and wayward way, travelling on their own terms towards a co-existence far stronger than 'community'. On reclaimed land, they find themselves on the right side of history, caught between two train tracks, the present tense, and future hopes. They question who has stolen what from whom, and how things might be fixed, in an often contradictory rite of passage. Finding solidarity in resistance, they demand the right to go on.

An uncommon story told on common ground, Here for Life dances with a spirited grace and urgency, hovering between fiction and fact, attention and act.

Sometimes we simply need to hear our stories told by someone else...

Reviews

Haven't seen anything like it. The underworld. The world. The space that none of us see but that is ever there. With us. Beside us. In us even. IN us all even.

- Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster

It’s hard to forget the weathered faces of Here for Life. They may have been abandoned by progress, but never by art. In so many ways, the film becomes a mosaic of their experiences, producing the kind of raw, frayed vulnerability one might associate with the cinema of Claire Denis.

- Glenn Heath Jr, Little White Lies

A film of great compassion and political and aesthetic ambition, in which the idea of a collective is prioritized for a change, but without sacrificing or downplaying the individual voices and idiosyncrasies that it comprises.

- Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound