Director: Edward Lawrenson

United Kingdom, Ireland, 2018, short documentary, 29 mins., English with Lithuanian subtitles, V

An architect and filmmaker from Europe visit a town in the remote highlands of Liberia, once a thriving mining community, now decaying and desolate: a concrete ruin in the West African bush. Exploring the town, these researchers discover through its buildings a story of the promise of prosperity and forgotten injustices. A film about architecture, about the remnants of colonialism, and the spiritual cost of industrial mining.

About the director

Edward Lawrenson is a London-based filmmaker whose films have played at a number of festivals, including Sundance, BFI London Film Festival, True/False, Open City; and cinemas, including the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and London's ICA. His radio documentaries have played on BBC Radio 4. His 2015 documentary Abandoned Goods (co-directed with Pia Borg) won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at the Locarno Film Festival and he was included in Filmmaker Magazine's prestigious '25 New Faces of Independent Film' list, in 2015. It featured in a major exhibition by the Wellcome Trust in London in October 2016.

About the architect

Killian Doherty is a qualified architect who has practiced in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Rwanda. He runs the collaborative practice Architectural Field Office that has a particular interest in sites of conflict and the dissonance of modernity and development in Africa. He has written for Architectural Review, MAS Context, and VOLUME magazine on these themes. His architectural work has appeared in several publications including Lepik, A. ed. (2014) Afritecture: Building Social Change (Hatje Cantz). He currently is undertaking a PhD by Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Section: Strata

Screenplay: Killian Doherty, Edward Lawrenson

Producer: Edward Lawrenson