'BATA-VILLE: WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE FUTURE'
Directed by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie
Bata-ville is a bittersweet record of an English coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire: the Moravian town of Zlin. Against the backdrop of economic regeneration in their communities, former employees of two now closed UK Bata factories are led by artist/directors Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie on a unique journey through Bata’s legacy, and across a changing Europe. What begins as a free holiday soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what Tomas Bata’s inspirational maxim, "We are not afraid of the future” can mean in 21st century Britain.
Presented as part of the public programme for ‘The Peculiar People’ at Focal Point Gallery