The Estate screening at Document 7: International Human Rights Film Festival
1 Oct 2009
First commissioned by Channel 4, a selection of films from "The Estate" series are to screen at this years Document 7: International Human Rights Film Festival in October 2009.
Document was "Scotland's first ever independent international film festival dedicated to screening documentaries that reflect international human rights concerns. The festival brings films from around the world to inform, challenge and inspire a local audience, and to support filmmakers whose work has international resonance as an act of witness".
Filmed over one year by director Ruth Carslaw, "The Estate" presents an intimate and insightful portrait of Glasgow's Sighthill estate as it prepares for, and witnesses, the demolition of towerblocks that thousands once called home. Dealing with issues of community, family, identity and diversity, "The Estate" reveals extraordinary stories about the very meaning of 'home' from deep within the heart of a fated community...
The series was produced by Sarah Tierney and edited by Richard Crawford, and first transmitted on Channel 4 over four weeks in Summer 2009. Described as a highlight of the Document 7 programme, and as "a compelling portrait of asylum in contemporary Scotland", seven of the series 16 episodes are screening on Friday 23rd October 2009. They are: My Home; Our Piece of Heaven; Starting Again; Moving On; Ghost Town; A Day in the Life; and the series finale Demolition Day.