“Moving Southwark” documents the incredible world of dance

The dying moments of 24 dancers, each consumed by the city of London. “Moving Southwark” is a magical realist expression of London’s medieval backyard directed by Jevan Chowdhury.

Jevan Chowdhury is the founding member of Wind & Foster, a design driven creative studio. He is part of the board of trustee’s for Visiting Arts UK and Creative Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers 2015 ad campaign. You can view his latest works at www.windandfoster.com.

Jevan is also Director of the Moving Cities project, an initiative presenting world cultures headfirst in a thoroughly dynamic, widely engaging, surprising and occasionally even playful style. His work in London, Paris, Prague and Athens has earned significant accolades with nominations in Sweden, Spain, the US and the UK.

To read more about the Moving Cities project, please visit their website.

Taking to the streets and working with the natural hustle and bustle in cities around the world, he’s paired together dance, music and film into one striking piece of art. His stories rely on capturing improvised and raw moments in time while weaving them together into one tapestry of sight and sound. Jevan’s work is currently featured in broadcast, online and media publications including LenCulture, Yatzer, Globalshapers and Cinedans.

Q/A with Jevan Chowdhury

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

Since 2014, the Moving Cities project has collaborated with 5 national ballets, 106 dance companies, screened at 23 exhibitions and reached 2.8 million online. Each film is a wordless transcription of a world city. “Moving Southwark” was the first film in the series to introduce a spoken narrative. It was the first film to also explore a London borough instead of a city.

“Moving Southwark” brings back a medieval past through ritual, behavior and movement. Why medieval? Southwark or Suthriganaweorc is one of the oldest parts of London. Abandoned by the Romans, it was for centuries outside of the city’s jurisdiction, a haven for criminals and free traders. Now in 2015, Southwark is transformed, freed from its past. Or is it?  What lies beneath the Shard? Our goal is to present modern day people as physical beings somehow affected, possessed but in some kind of poetic harmony.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF? 

You’re holding your breath throughout the project. When everything falls into place you start to breathe again. It’s like a sigh of relief the moment the edit transforms from a series of clips to the finished product.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

The film and script is heavily influenced by the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino.

4. What is your favorite film?

“Staying Alive” by Sylvester Stallone.

“Moving Southwark” is the 12th short film in the Short Film Session #4, starting on Saturday, August 26 at 2pm. 


Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.

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