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Era o Hotel Cambridge (The Cambridge Squat, 2016) is a contemporary Brazilian film directed by Eliane Caffé, made with the collective FLM< GRIST, Escola da Cidade and Aurora Filmes.

Het Nieuwe Instiuut has organised a special screening of the film in conjunction with the research project and exhibition Architecture of Appropriation. Art director Carla Caffé will be present at the screening, and an interview with her will be available soon in the Architecture of Appropriation web magazine.

The film-making process included a six-month collaboration with 21 students from Escola da Cidade. This school of architecture, located in downtown São Paulo, focuses on the relationships between architecture, history, culture, territory and nature – with the aim of rethinking and introducing new forms of occupying and intervening in different territories. The film built a bridge between cinema, education, architecture and social movements that continued after the film was completed, and related not only to aesthetic developments but also to closer ties between all the parties involved.

Carla Caffé has also produced a book entitled Era o Hotel Cambridge, architecture, cinema, and education, which will be available soon in English. With 250 illustrated pages, the book takes the form of a comic, with texts by leading architecture academics and activists and the film’s director: Eliane Caffé, Raquel Rolnik, Lucia Santaella, Jorge Lobos and Nabil Bonduki. The book investigates the relationship between the research done by the architecture students in the squat, the work with the refugee groups and how these contributed to the making of the film.

17:00 – 18:45
English subtitles

Room 1

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam



René Boer, Marina Otero Verzier and Katía Truijen in collaboration with the communities of ADM, Plantage Dok, Poortgebouw, Wijde Heisteeg 7, Landbouwbelang and Vluchtmaat
Graphic design: Maud Vervenne (publication), Jakub Straka with Sepus Noordmans (installation)
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
Johannes Schwartz
Cathy Brickwood, Aurora Bertoli

This project is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior and the folder A series on the changing landscape.