Director: Jevan Chowdhury
Synopsis: Moving Barcelona is a magical realist dance story about the Catalonian capital, an autonomous region in the Spanish State contending with an identity crisis. A city with everything going for it is still haunted by the ghosts of its past and despite much progress, it finds itself unearthing old wounds. Narrated by celebrated actor, Pep Munné, who appeals for calm, there is a sense of reassurance that all is okay. The movement of the city however tells a different story, and he is resigned to the fact that things inevitably, are the way they are. Barcelonians, in pursuit of happiness, find themselves on a treadmill to nowhere in a tale of modern day life. Moving Barcelona is the eighth film in an award-winning collection of works by the London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. Life on the street in London, Paris, Brussels, Dallas, Prague, Yerevan and Athens have all been recorded in this growing canon.
Bio: Jevan Chowdhury is an award-winning filmmaker with 19 years experience in film production. He has led and managed campaigns for international organisations, governments and cultural institutions including the UK Department of International Trade, MTR, Barnardo’s, Hong Kong Ballet and the Institution of Civil Engineers. His placemaking project ‘Moving Cities’ is responsible for the engagement of over 50 million visitors in the last 5 years and has exhibited in 68 festivals with recent exhibitions in Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, London City Hall, The AT&T Aurora Exhibition and Standard Vision Los Angeles. Jevan’s work has also featured in publications TimeOut, Nowness and LensCulture. Jevan is an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Program: Color, Movement & Space – VAEFF 2021