RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

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208 It started raining: Screening and discussing a film about the fight for housing in Bucharest, Romania (1)
Convenor(s) Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University, UK)
Alex Vasudevan (University of Oxford, UK)
Michele Lancione (Cardiff University, UK)
Chair(s) Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University, UK)
Timetable Thursday 31 August 2017, Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)
Session abstract In the first of these two panels we will screen a feature documentary called 'A început ploaia' (It started raining). The documentary comes out of more than two years of video-ethnographic work that Michele has undertaken around forced evictions against Roma people in Bucharest, Romania. The film speaks of occupation, resistance, homelessness, racialised housing policy and it aims to show how it may be possible to mix academic fieldwork, activist-oriented work and creative methods to create space for empowering experiences and meaningful exchange. The screening will be followed by a panel hosting several scholars that are renowned for their work around visual methodologies, urban ethnography and eviction. In this second panel there will be time for viewers to interact and to discuss the broader issues raised by the project. More info on the film at www.ainceputploaia.com.

Sponsored by the Urban Studies Foundation.
Linked Sessions It started raining: Screening and discussing a film about the fight for housing in Bucharest, Romania (2)
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Introduction - Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University, UK)
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Introduction - Michele Lancione
Michele Lancione (Cardiff University, UK)
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A început ploaia. O poveste a retrocedarilor (It started raining. Fighting for housing in Bucharest)
Michele Lancione (Cardiff University, UK)
This is a 71 minutes long ethnographic documentary about forced eviction and the fight for housing in Bucharest, Romania. It was filmed over two years, following a participatory approach on the basis of ethnographic research and activism. The documentary was produced with the aim of offering an alternative representation of Roma people and of their fight for housing in Bucharest, as well as to help them, and the activists working with them, in their resistance.