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Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future

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Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future

Great Britain 2005 All audiences 93min.
  • Documentary

"A sad film about hope."

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 Pope & 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.

Karen Guthrie,
Nina Pope
Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope
Karen Guthrie,
Nina Pope
John Podpadec
Sean Guthrie,
Tim Olden
Doug Howarth