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LMFF: Ellis Island Special (double bill)

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  • run-time. 1h 40min

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 11:30  Film 12:00


Part of London Migration Film Festival 2018

It's estimated that 100 million Americans can trace back their ancestry to Ellis Island, the United States’ first federal immigration facility. This double brings together the countless joys and heartbreaks of its monumental 120 year history.

ELLIS ISLAND: Between 1892 and 1954, over 12 million people came to Ellis Island attempting to immigrate to the United States. For the 280,000 who were turned back, Ellis Island became the “Isle of Tears.” Blending dance, fiction and ghostly imagery, Meredith Monk evokes a dark American legacy.

Director. Meredith Monk

Length. 28min

Year. 1982

Format. Digital


LUCY: Armed with a camera and tape recorder, Verena Rudolph goes to New York City on a search for her aunt Lucy, 50 years after she disappeared from her Bavarian hometown. Piece by piece, a mosaic of her eccentric life emerges from the tales of her best friends - four women aged between 90 and 100 - and her Black adoptive daughter Luci.

Director. Verena Rudolph

Length. 47mins

Year. 1984

Format. 16mm