Capturing Communities

How can filmmakers capture the essence of communities on film?

LIFT (2001) is a quietly fascinating meditation on the mundanities of London life. Installing himself inside the lift of a high-rise block of council flats, filmmaker Marc Isaacs and his camera patiently observe the residents as they go about their daily business. As each of his subjects enters the lift, it’s interesting to note their reactions to him being there; some are suspicious, others curious, and then there are those who seem more comfortable in his presence. Over weeks, the residents come to trust him and reveal the things that matter to them creating a humorous and moving portrait of a vertical community.

 

 

Post your comments on the film below, and we would really like to see other examples of filmmakers at work with communities. If you know of any such films online, share them with us.

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