Sound Design and Dubbing Mix
Feature film - 2011
Directed by Isabelle Frémeaux, John Jordan, Kyp Kyprianous
Production : Zones/La Découverte - U.K/France
The future is not what it used to be. Our Utopian imagination has atrophied in the asphyxiating atmosphere of apocalyptic predictions: a climate catastrophe, energy shortages, spreading social injustice, mass extinctions, economic meltdowns and resource wars. It is a lot easier to imagine the world ending than changing for the better. But perhaps it is exactly when Utopia becomes unimaginable that it is most needed.
Many of us fear that radically different ways of living are impossible, but is this fear simply because Utopias have become invisible, eclipsed by the shadows that capitalism throws over everything that refuses to fit its shape?
Just as the storms of the financial crisis began, Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan set out on a journey across Europe to experience examples of post-capitalist living. They were not looking for escapist Neverlands, blueprints for a perfect future or universal systems, but communities who simply dare to live differently, despite the catastrophe of capitalism.
For 7 months they travelled through 11 communities and projects. From a direct action Climate Camp set up illegally on the edges of Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French punks, an off grid low impact permaculture community to occupied self-managed Serbian factories, a free love commune in an ex Stasi base to a farm where private property had been abolished, Fremeaux and Jordan shared different ways of loving and eating, producing and sharing things, deciding together and rebelling. Having befriended the mayor of a Spanish village that had expropriated the local Duke’s land, children who ran their own anarchist school and the philosophical postman of the Danish free town of Christiania, the authors became convinced that within the invisible interstices of the dominant system, the spirit of present tense Utopias is thriving. The recent Occupy movement, with its direct democracy and experiments in micro alternative societies are further proof that there is a hunger for visions of postcapitalism.
From this experience came a film-book, (published by Editions Zones/La Decouverte, paris, 2011) fusing reflective travel writings with an attached DVD. Whilst the book is a rich travelogue, analyzing the communities, their practices and their histories, the film is a magicorealist road movie set in an imagined post-crash post-capitalist future but shot in the style of a fictional documentary during the journey.
Beautifully designed by SKART (who represented Serbia at the 2010 Venice Architecture Bienniale) Paths Through Utopias is a unique publication whose words and images blur the boundaries between the present and future, the imagined and the realised. It makes us crave another way of living, and challenges us to start now. Chosen as one of top ten books of 2011 by French culture magazine Les Inrokuptibles the book film has sold over 12,000 copies and has now been published in Germany (Nautilus,2012) and South Korean (Beautiful People, 2013).
Following the publication in France, the authors left London and their tenured university jobs and are now setting up a radical community on an abandoned farm in Morbihan, France – La r.O.n.c.e (meaning brambles in French - Resist, Organise, Nourish, Create, Exist).
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOdfc0xMKuY
Keep up to date with John and Isa: https://lessentiersdelutopie.wordpress.com/