|Bata-ville • Travel Agency|
Accompanied by other passengers, they went in search of the spirit of Bata and the legacy of its charismatic founder. The film Bata-ville, We are not afraid of the future documents this journey ...
Bata-ville, can be seen as a document of a journey - rather than a documentary - a film developed by two artists out of a public art commission. It's a sad film, but in many ways it's subject matter is optimism. It essentially takes the form of a road movie, but the towns at the heart of the film: East Tilbury, Maryport and Zlín, are all 'nowhere' places, linked only by past connections to the Bata shoe empire and future government-led regeneration agendas.