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18:20 - 21:40 25 May 2017

Urban Lab Films: Cities of Sleep


Bertha DocHouse | Curzon Bloomsbury
The Brunswick | London | WC1N 1AW | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: £12.50 / £10 concessions
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Shaunak Sen, Director
Sushrut Jadhav, Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry, UCL
David Eastwood, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority
Ruth Padel, Poet and author
Deborah Garvie, Senior Policy Officer, Shelter
Ben Campkin, Director, UCL Urban Laboratory

Urban Lab Films presents the UK premiere of award-winning 'Cities of Sleep' (2016), a documentary that takes us into the heady world of insurgent sleeper communities in Delhi, where securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a life threatening question.

The film follows Shakeel, a young man who has spent seven years sleeping rough, as he deals with the “sleep mafia”—goons who capitalise on the scarcity of safe sleeping spaces in the absence of government safety nets. We also meet Ranjeet, who runs a “sleep-cinema” community where over 400 homeless come and sleep through the day for a nominal price.

A post-screening panel will initiate a dialogue on sleep, health and homelessness in London – where over 8000 people sleep rough - and Delhi – which has over two million homeless. How can cities with shared histories, yet divergent trajectories of urbanisation act as compelling entry points for comparison and intervention?


Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9402 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk


UCL Urban Laboratory website
Cities of Sleep website
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