Hanging On is screening as part of a collection of short films in Doc/Fest's Northern Focus strand, which offers stories of community, nostalgia and resilience. The film is set in a former coal-mining community in Leeds, where over 60 houses still stand, spotlighting the strength of a neighbourhood that unites when faced with eviction.
Originally made as temporary council housing, these homes were later sold to private investors. Now, the residents of this community, some of whom have lived here their entire lives, face an uncertain fate for the future of where they call home, with the threat of demolition.
Featuring a combination of audio interviews and artistically-lensed visual material, Hanging On uncovers the stories of a close community of residents, hearing their nostalgic memories of the place, and the stress caused by their ongoing campaign to save their homes.
Hanging On reminds us about the struggles of people slipping through the cracks of society and explores what it means to have a home.
- Words by
- Joe Harris
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