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Opening Event: Collective Imaginings

Thursday 18 July
From 6 - 8pm

Metroland Studios, 91 Kilburn Square (access by walking through Kilburn Market), London, NW6 6PS

Free and open to everyone. The gallery is wheelchair accessible with step-free access. There are wheelchair accessible toilets.


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Launching a brand new exhibition showcasing works created by students of the Other Cinemas film school.

A grainy black and white photo of a person holding a camera to their eye

About the exhibition

The exhibition and public programme around explores themes that define the film school and culture at Other Cinemas. These include radical pedagogy, learning and sharing collectively, expanding and exploring our imaginations, relationship-building, working outside of an attention economy and culture of visibility.

Films by the following students will be presented: Chanthila Phaophanit, Nia Fekri, Niki Kohandel, Amel Moyersoen, Raheela Suleman, Laith Elzubaidi, Jana Mughrabi, Vankshita Mishra, Kes-Tchaas Eccleston, Yasmin Safieddine, Sana Badri, Bediah, Leena Habiballa, Ruweyda Sheikh-Ali, Latifa Akay & Leila Gamaz.

The exhibtion will be open until 2 August and is open, free, to the public. Find more details and the opening hours on the exhibition page.

Image courtesy of Arwa Aburawa; Amel Moyersoen, afraid of losing the echoes [still], 2023.

About Other Cinemas

Other Cinemas are interested in the transformative potential of filmmaking. They believe that the knowledge and means to create films should be available to everyone, especially Black and non-white people – who are underrepresented and often creatively restricted within the mainstream industry. Their work is rooted in the neighbourhoods of northwest London, which are some of the most racially diverse in the country but chronically underserved in terms of cultural provisions.

Unique in the UK film landscape for adopting a Black and non-white community-centred approach to filmmaking, moving image exhibitions, and education, Other Cinemas’ free, year-long Film School is a space for new and emerging filmmakers to explore film as a creative and political medium. Operating out of permanent free studios provided by the Metroland Studios initiative, the film school is led by founders Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah, and established Black and non-white filmmakers, educators, and collectives who have lived experiences of the challenges specific to racialised filmmakers within the industry.

Chanthila Phaophanit, Red Jeep [still], 2023

Other Cinemas are long-term residents at Metroland Studios. Find out more about our free studios and current residents on our Artist’s Studios page.