LIVING AND RESISTING IN SWEETSWAY ESTATE//    2015//    Duration: 20min//    Dir/DoP: Marc Meier//  

As speculators queue to loot the one way bet that is the London property market, protesters mount a quixotic defence against inner-city gentrification. Activists occupy Sweets Way, one of the city's few surviving examples of affordable social housing. Now scheduled for demolition and redevelopment into luxury apartments, all but one of its residents has left. Only Mostafa Aliverdipour remains, a disabled man who holds out for guarantees that his new accommodation will be wheelchair-friendly. When a court order for the final eviction comes through, squatters and activists join Mostafa and his sons to mount a final defence against bailiffs and police.

As speculators queue to loot the one way bet that is the London property market, protesters mount a quixotic defence against inner-city gentrification. Activists occupy Sweets Way, one of the city's few surviving examples of affordable social housing. Now scheduled for demolition and redevelopment into luxury apartments, all but one of its residents has left. Only Mostafa Aliverdipour remains, a disabled man who holds out for guarantees that his new accommodation will be wheelchair-friendly. When a court order for the final eviction comes through, squatters and activists join Mostafa and his sons to mount a final defence against bailiffs and police.

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Living And Resisting In Sweetsway Estate won the Silver Audience Award at the 2016 Athens International Short Film Festival