In 2017, Tyneside Cinema commissioned artist, cultural activist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman to make a film taking as its starting point the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech, given on receipt of his honorary doctorate, from the University of Newcastle.
The resulting film is Civil Rites which will screen at Tyneside Cinema from 8 December 2017 - 22 January 2018.
The work explores how the core themes of poverty, racism and war continue to haunt our lives. It listens to the voices of Newcastle citizens as they think through their responses to these themes, and locates these voices in dialogue with key sites of resistance from across the Tyneside region and across the centuries. It seeks to learn what has changed (or not) in the lives of people in Newcastle today.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. She is the co-founder of artists’ collective Fugitive Images and the winner of the Artangel Open Award 2014 for her collaborative feature Cycle with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).
Her films have been nominated for the Grierson Award, The Aesthetica Art Prize, the Golden Orange, the Jarman Award, and the Glashuette original documentary award at the Berlin Film Festival (2017).
Exhibitions and projects include Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER with LUX, London (2015).
Her films include Erase and Forget (2017, 88mins) an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and in the UK at the London Film festival. Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83mins) tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66mins) explores resistance and co-existence through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger.
Zimmerman has made several commissioned short films for Film & Video Umbrella, Channel 4’s Random Acts and Tintype Gallery. She is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence).