First radical Democracy videos online: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
What’s the best way to show media makers what you mean? Make a video. Which is exactly what we did. After we finalised what the
#RadicalDemocracyEurope Call is all about, we created some examples to inspire you – in collaboration with some fantastic media makers. We proudly present: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air – Francesca Ali Mirza hails from Manchester. Nearby Salford is shaped by characterless high-rise: post-war architectural design meant to house people cheaply and quickly. Francesca investigates how these high-rise landscapes have impacted the people who live there. Watch the video here.
Francesca: ‘Have the changes in the landscape of our cities forever and irreparably fragmented our communities? Is it the landscape that divides us? Or as philosopher Marshall Berman puts it: “To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world- and at the same time that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are.”‘ All that is Solid Melts into Air was commissioned by BFI Future Film, Doc Next Network partner in London (UK), to reflect on the category Europe Remapped // How can you remap your Europe?. All that is Solid Melts into Air premièred at the BFI Future Film Festival on 21 February 2014.
Francesca Ali Mirza is an innovative, visual, award-winning Director. Specialising in Documentary, First Person films and Film essays but excelling in Fiction and Artist Video arenas, she has won a Royal Television Society Award for her Documentary ‘A Browner Shade of Pale’ and her video work has been included in exhibitions as part of the Manchester International Festival 2013. Francesca graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2013 and currently undertakes an MA in Experimental Film at Kingston University. She recently was a part of Doc Next Media Lab 2013 at the British Film Institute, London.