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Urban Lab Films will present one of the first UK screenings of Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin (UK/Germany, 72 mins) by Matthew Gandy.
The prize-winning documentary tells the post-war history of Berlin through its plants, as we encounter an extraordinary variety of spontaneous vegetation from all over the world that has sprouted along railway lines, on street corners, and in the distinctive Brachen of Berlin. The changing vegetation serves as a parallel history to war-time destruction, geopolitical division, and the newest phase of urban transformation.
In addition to stunning urban landscapes, and unknown or rarely seen archive footage, the film also features interviews with leading cultural and scientific figures from Berlin such as the botanist Herbert Sukopp and the actor and writer Hanns Zischler. The encounters with urban nature are set to a compelling acoustic atmosphere, along with diverse electronic music from the city including compositions by Thomas Fehlmann and Manfred Miersch.
Following the screening Matthew Gandy (Writer/Director) and Sandra Jasper (Executive Producer/Co-Writer) will be joined for a Q&A by Stephen Barber (Research Professor in Art History, Kingston University), chaired by Peg Rawes (Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL).
Tickets to the screening are free and will be made available on Eventbrite from 6pm on Thursday 15 February. Please subscribe to the Urban Circular newsletter for a reminder or details of any changes to this schedule.