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17:30 - 19:30 11 November 2016

Film Screening: Blocul (The Block), Maria Salaru


G.01 | Central House (link Map)
14 Upper Woburn Place | London | WC1H 0NN | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

From neighbourly disputes over garlic-heavy cooking to memories of Ceausescu’s heatless winters, this film explores the rich social and material universe of a Romanian apartment building. It follows the story of the block’s administrator, in his effort to mediate relationships between neighbours and maintain peace and order. In doing so, it crayons the rich nuances of the inhabitants’ everyday lives. The block comes to life, as its inhabitants constantly reshape it to defy the passing of time, while its failing infrastructure encroaches on their neighbourly relations. This is a film about people’s homes, and the spaces in between. In those spaces, the pipes don’t only carry hot water – they carry meanings from one inhabitant to the next.

With an introduction from the film’s director, Maria Salaru - D.Phil. Candidate at Oxford Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA).


Rebecca Payne
+44 (0)20 3108 9187 | rebecca.payne@ucl.ac.uk


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