estate
a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity

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Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community struggling to survive in a boarded-up London public housing project, long slated for demolition. Multilayered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman’s film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness. Her groundbreaking approach to cinema - at once collaborative and performative - creates a work of rare intimacy, a lyrical and gripping vision of the loneliness and disempowerment that haunts life even in the world’s wealthiest cities - Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act Of Killing

Knowing the previous work of its creators, I believe this project will achieve something very significant for the times we are living in. It will remind us - and how appropriate this is for the medium of film - that, both politically and humanly, the past is not behind us, not obsolescent, but beside us and urgent - John Berger

Poignant, and real, felt and important... a paean to survival, dignity, solidarity and community in the face of their erosion; political in a quiet but most urgent way, and personal - Uriel Orlow

Andrea Zimmerman's extraordinary film, Estate: A Reverie, which documents the last days of a Hackney housing estate, is both profound and original. Having herself lived on the estate for many years, her tender portrait exhibits deep feelings of community and solidarity - sentiments almost entirely missing from our contemporary political vocabulary. She has given Hackney back, at last, some of its wayward heart - Ken Worpole

Estate, a Reverie tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in Hackney, London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity.

Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents' own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography...

Estate, a Reverie, 83 min, 2015
Produced by Fugitive Images
Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Filmed by Taina Galis, Lasse Johansson, Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Creative Consultant: Gareth Evans
Edited by Ariadna Fatja-Vilas
Written by Adam Rosenthal, Gareth Evans, David Roberts
Songs composed and performed by Olivia Chaney
Sound by David Cunningham

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Image credit: Briony Campbell, Therese Henningsen, David Roberts and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
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