Displaced is a new project from Active Inquiry ( Flashback Theatre ) http://activeinquiry.co.uk/flashback.php
and Strange Town, following on from their previous successful productions of Persevere, exploring The Gretna Train Disaster, and The Waves on the Seas which told the story of Leith Docks.
There are many new developments happening in Leith, throughout Edinburgh and across the whole of Scotland. Many community members feel that their concerns are not listened to about these new developments and that they don't have a say in how their community develops. How can we ensure that everyone has input into what happens in their community and that needed regeneration does not become gentrification, pushing out people who have lived in these communities all their lives?
«Never in the last 3 decades has it been more important to take a stand and stay united. Our communities are being ripped apart and our cities taken over by greed.
When I started looking at the problem of regeneration and gentrification it was just a dirty word. Now 5 years later, it’s on everyone’s lips and no one feels secure in their homes.
I saw the problem from the inside, as I followed people around — normal people like you and I, trying to fight the wave of developers buying swathes land, public land which should stay in public hands not sold off to the highest bidder.
People are fighting for their right to a decent home and a community. It's a basic right. The injustices I saw and keep seeing are inhuman and in many cases criminal, but no one takes responsibility. So I realised the only way to change the status quo is by creating a film which could inspire and calvanise more people to join the battle „
Nikita Wolfe -Film maker