Exercise in idealism (with practical assignments)
proposal for a feature length documentary
Squatted in 1983, The Snakehouse is about to be evicted. A filmmaker and resident of the
house wonders what to do at the moment of eviction. When the eviction turns out completely
differently than expected she investigates what went wrong.
A film about the last weeks before eviction of a historical squat in Amsterdam. We follow
the residents in their struggle to save the building. How do the principles, which are developed
by the squat movement, like ‘do it yourself’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘small organisation’ resonate
In the film, events from the squat movement in the 80’s are juxtaposed with the events
concerning the eviction of the Snakebuilding in 2015. In the friction between these two
different times, a story develops about the search for meaning in a time where everything
seems to be coloured by a capitalist paradigm.
Country of production
Ewoud Bron, Bianca van Riemswijk, Josje van Erkel, Ellenoor Bakker
Lucas van Eck, Gerben Kockmeijer
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