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The Street

Posted On: 29 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: Little White Lies

The Street

Worlds collide in photographer Zed Nelson's debut feature-length documentary which focuses solely on one of the poorest streets in East London, Hoxton Street, and its gradual gentrification over a four-year period.
The film opens on a sequence of still shots exhibiting a variety of quaint restaurants, pubs, bakeries, garages and carpet shops. The setting then swiftly changes to a middle-aged homeless man named Serge who sleeps under a bridge. He gets up and climbs up to the road, out of his reality and into the exasperating struggle to survive. Meanwhile, shop owners open their doors in a parallel effort to keep their heads above water in the rapidly changing economic environment.
The film immediately cultivates a strong sense of community as born and bred locals proudly discuss their deep roots in the area. As a result of gentrification, we see many of the beloved, antiquated shops close down, inciting an intense anti-change sentiment among the locals. The drastic increase in rent causes the poor to be...

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