City of Children

Arantxa Hernández Barthe

IndieLisboa 2020 •

United Kingdom, Documentary, 2019, 16′

Holem Wood is a housing estate in the north of England, built in the 50’s in order to supply homes for the working-class people. With the years it became an isolated place. There lives Tyler, a 16-year-old boy who has never attended school.

In a low-cost housing complex in the north of England, children spend most of their time on the street, growing up together and learning to face the adversities of a life of exclusion. In this portrait of childhood there are no adults and the rules are defined by other hierarchies. There is no restraint in joy or revolt. A childhood on the edge that does not anticipate a better future. (Margarida Moz)