Dr Andrea Luka Zimmerman
I have been making films since 1998, originally as part of the film collective Vision Machine, which worked predominantly in Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation and working directly with plantation workers.
My name is Andrea Luka Zimmerman, and I am an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker who grew up on a large council estate in Munich and left school at 16. After moving to London in 1991, I studied at Central Saint Martins (where I now teach) for my PhD (2006). I have been making films since 1998, originally as part of the film collective Vision Machine, which worked predominantly in Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation and working directly with plantation workers.
I won the Artangel Open Award for my collaborative feature drama Cycle (2017) with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens) and the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards in 2015.
My feature documentary Estate, a Reverie (2015), tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Filmed over seven years, Estate reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are overlooked by media representations and wider social responses, asking how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability, disability or geography. Estate was nominated for the Grierson Award for Best Newcomer, and I for Film London's Jarman Award, amongst other prizes.
My feature length artists’ film Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013) is about resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger. I have made several commissioned short films, including More Utopias Now for Channel 4’s Random Acts (2016).
A co-founder of the artists' collective Fugitive Images (I am here and Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain), I am also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award-nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence). I have worked in the USA and Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation, power structures, militarism and denied histories. It was from this period and research that my forthcoming artist's documentary Erase and Forget (2017, 90min), which had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, emerged.
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