Paths Through Utopias, book&movie


Paths Through Utopias, the book & the movie

Blurring the fluid boundaries between present and future, documentary and fiction, Paths Through Utopias is a utopian road movie exploring a post-capitalist Europe. Shot during a 7 month journey in 2008 visiting ten utopian experiments, the film is half of the book-film project published in France by Editions Zones.

From the direct action Climate Camp set up illegally besides Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French art punks, occupied self-managed Serbian factories to a free love commune in an ex Stasi base, this magicorealist travelogue transports us to a parallel universe where money is worthless and private property has been abolished.

Film by Isabelle Fremeaux (Birkbeck), John Jordan and Kypros Kyprianou. Music by Isa Suarez. Book by Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan.


The Paris launch of the the film-book will involve film showings and discussions in three locations that we felt are in the spirit of the project: Saturday 12 Feb. 19.00 Le 56, a neighbour-run culture and ecology project set in an urban garden. A project by l'atelier d'architecture autogérée. 56, Rue St. Blaise, 75020

Monday 14 Feb. - 19.00 (also the press night)
La Générale, A squatted laboratory of artistic creation
14 avenue Parmentier, 75011

Tuesday -15 Feb. 19.00
Green Rush, part of a regular night of artists, farmers, urbanites, interventionists, advocators, provocateurs, green lovers/haters, eco friends/enemies
Le CHAPON ROUGE - 60 Rue Chapon, 75003

If you can't make it to Paris, you can hear us live radio on FRANCE CULTURE where we will be with Joseph Confavreux's guests on his programme, Le Champ des Possibles, on Friday 11th at 6pm.
The film-book will be coming out in English next year.
Please pass on to anyone you think would be interested.