Onderbelicht (het filmcollectief van de Grote Broek) organiseert deel II in de miniserie over vrijplaatsen. Deze keer ‘Given To The People’. Dit is een film over de Pollok Free State. Deze vrijstaat ontstond tijdens de acties van een lokale activist, Colin Macleod, die uit protest tegen de M77 snelweg door Pollok Park in een een boom ging zitten.
Donderdag 19 maart 2009 | 18.30 uur soup | 20 uur film | De Headshop | Tweede Walstraat 92
‘Given to the People’:
‘Given To The People’ is a film telling the story of the Pollok Free State. The Free State was initiated by the actions of local resident, Colin Macleod, who began a tree top protest against the building of the M77 motorway through Pollok Park in the early 1990s. Over several years this grew into a series of camps across Pollok. It sought not only to block an unwanted motorway cutting through one of Europe’s largest inner city public commons, land that had been gifted to the people of Glasgow, but also raised issues over the rights of local people to determine the use and development of public space – rights that many felt were being denied.
Whilst the Free State was unable to stop the motorway it nevertheless succeeded in giving the people of Glasgow something far more powerful: demonstrating the ability of ordinary individuals to come together in common cause, take responsibility for their surroundings, and realise their own initiatives for transforming them.
The story of the Free State is presented through a film combining original video footage from the camps, interviews with some of the many people involved, and specially composed music by the Glasgow band Foxface.