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Chronic Youth Festival Announces 2024 Programme

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The Chronic Youth Film Festival has announced its 2024 programme, as it prepares to return to London‘s for its ninth year.

The festival's new programme, OUT-OF-ORDER, is presenting a series of films about “misdemeanours and transgressions.” Delivered by the Barbican Youth Programmers, the festival contains four feature-length productions and numerous short films.

The runs from the 27th to the 28th of April 2024, opening in Cinemas 2 and 3 on Beech Street with Gaston Kaboré's Zan Boko. The screening will be preceded by a live poetry reading by a Barbican Young Poet. It will be followed by the acclaimed Gush from Indigenous video artist Fox Mary. A collage-making activity and a DJ set will follow the screening. Saturday's event programming wraps with Theo Montoya's award-winning Anhell69.

Sunday opens with Joyful Lands, Joyful Bodies, a programme of short films from emerging and established filmmakers, and also includes a Q&A session. For the closing film at Barbican Cinema 1, the festival will host the UK Premiere of the new 4K restoration of Nowhere, Gregg Araki's 1997 cult film, followed by a panel discussion about music in film.

The Barbican Young Film Programmers scene sees a group of 16-to-25-year-olds curate, market, and deliver the Chronic Youth Film Festival over six months. This year's festival will see eleven young programmers guided by T A P E Collective co-founder Isra Al Kassi, who participated in the first Young Film Programmers scheme.

In a joint statement, the Barbican Young Programmers said “this has been a truly wonderful and collaborative process, among ourselves and with our course leader Isra Al Kassi, and Barbican staff. We're so proud of the programme – it's disruptive, playful and thoughtful, and showcases films from around the world that resist and reshape the life around us.”