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Screening notes 

TACO! presents Our future, our past: whisper it to me (2024) - a new film by  Charlotte Ginsborg commissioned by Cement Fields, alongside I Carry it With me Everywhere (2024) by Turab Shah and Arwa Aburawa, and selected archival material that addresses memory, belonging, home and transience in relationship to contemporary built environments and large-scale regeneration.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between the Charlotte Ginsborg and the architect Maxwell Mutanda focusing on the use, ownership and experience of public space and the creative and political potential of participatory filmmaking practices.

Holding Places is the first in an ongoing series of events, projects, talks, screenings, broadcasts and publications that form part of Estates - a research programme with artists, communities and groups that considers TACO!’s wider context of urban regeneration, the surrounding estates of Thamesmead and Abbeywood, and how we might collectively re-imagine community and civic space. 

Holding Places is presented in association with Cement Fields



Directed by Charlotte Ginsborg (UK 2024, 59’)

Commissioned by Cement Fields. Featuring residents of Ebbsfleet

Our future our past, whisper it to me is written by, and features local residents of North Kent, who deliver spoken word poetry to camera to express their sense of belonging, home, and their thoughts on the future of the area as it undergoes a period of rapid regeneration. Their powerful performances are captured against the shifting rural and industrial landscapes, the swaths of new build housing, and epic views out across the Thames Estuary.

An intergenerational discussion, the film looks at the concerns facing post Brexit, post pandemic society in the UK. Told through often marginalised voices the participants are given creative agency to represent their thoughts and feelings as old meets new, and imaginations are encouraged to run free.

The film was commissioned by Cement Fields forthe This Mus Be the Place programme Involving young people in the planning of Ebbsfleet Garden City.


Directed by Turab Shah and Arwa Aburawa, (UK 2022, 18’47)

Informed by interviews with first-generation migrants living in the UK, this short film weaves together the lives of multiple characters as they confront inherited ideas of belonging. From the severed connection to a motherland following the death of a parent, to the generational experience of displacement, or the feeling of nostalgia for a place and time forever out of reach, I Carry It With Me Everywhere explores how migration results in moments of rupture from which new understandings of home and belonging may emerge.

Presented with thanks to LUX


Charlotte Ginsborg is an artist filmmaker whose films interweave documentary, narrative and performance to address the complexity of contemporary urban experience. Her work has been screened at the Venice Biennale, the Serpentine Gallery, the Pompidou Centre, and the Walker Arts Centre, USA. Her film, Over The Bones, was in competition in the Tiger Shorts at Rotterdam Film Festival, and her film, 22:22, commissioned by Film London, premiered at the London Film Festival. Her latest film, Songs For The River, was nominated for Best First Feature at Sheffield Doc/Fest21. Her films have been commissioned by Channel 4, the UNHRC, Arts Council England, Poetry in the City, and The Jasmin Vardimon dance company. Recently she has been filming with the Trojan Women Project following their work with Syrian refugees living in the UK as they develop therapeutic drama projects and productions based on their lived experience.

Turab Shah is a filmmaker and director of photography who holds an MA in Cinematography from Met Film School. Turab has a special interest in the legacies of colonialism and his films include ”Extradition’ which followed Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad’s battle against extradition to the US and ‘Zones of Non-Being’, a film which looks at Guantanamo through the lens of coloniality. He has produced a range of work from documentaries for AJE to moving image works for Humber Street Gallery, TfL/Art On The Underground, Brent Biennial ’22 as well as small independent fiction films.

Arwa Aburawa is an artist dedicated to exploring race, the environment and legacies of colonialism through film. Her work has been exhibited in gallery spaces such as Humber Street Gallery, Brent Biennial 2022 and she has worked with Art On The Underground, National Portrait Gallery, OOMK and AJE.

Together Arwa and Turab co-founded Other Cinemas which is an award-winning project focused on showcasing the work of Black and non-white filmmakers through a free community screening programme and a year-long film school. Other Cinemas was recognised as a Film London Lodestar in 2022 and was awarded the ‘Support Structure for Support Structures’ fellowship by the Serpentine Gallery.

Maxwell Mutanda 

Maxwell Mutanda  is a Lecturer in Environmental and Spatial Equity and Co-Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. His work investigates the role of globalisation, climate and technology within the built environment.

His achievements include the 2018 AFRICA’S OUT! Artist-in-Residence at Denniston Hill, New York; 2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellow at Eyebeam; 2020 Graham Foundation Grant to Individuals; 2020 Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change grant from the Prince Claus Fund; as well as fellowships from The New Museum’s IdeasCity New Orleans; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2020); and DocLab: Liminal Reality, and IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling film festival screenings (2021). Maxwell studied Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London and is the 2020 MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Sheehan Scholar at the University of Oxford.


still from Our future, our past, whisper it to me, 2024, Charlotte Ginsborg




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