I made this music video to help spread the word about the threats Ridley Road Market is undergoing and try to change, even if so slightly, the course of events that threatens to gentrify one of the few remaining vibrant, community-like affordable markets in London. The fantastic music and lyrics is by Bill and Adam-Parry Davies.
Ridley Road Market is an Iconic East London Market and hub for diversity. Ridley Road has been home to this market in the heart of Dalston since the end of 1880s with many ethnic groups finding a place to trade and make a living, make friends and feel a sense of community.
The market has “survived” several waves of so called regeneration and now is facing a new and more threatening challenge. Money from paradise countries have bough one of the market’s most important building: The Shopping Village.
The Shopping Village provides small independent traders with vital affordable rent spaces, storage for many market stalls as well as it hosts around 60 art studios where artists can express themselves without having to go full commercial and loose their unique identity and work style in order to pay rent.
Filmmaking by Alfredo Broccolo
Music and words: Bill and Adam Parry-Davies
Photos by Tamara Still
Additional Footage by Winstan Witter and Romain Beck
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
It is Leigh’s very last day working on Ridley Road Market.
She began her journey when she was five selling cauliflowers with her grandmother. She is the last generation in a long line of market sellers on the market.
However Ridley Road has changed over the years and Leigh no longer feels this is her calling in life.
Leigh gives us an emotional account of her life on the market and paints a vivid picture of Ridley Road over the years. It is still an important place of belonging for so many people and is a strong hub for the local community. However the recent threat of closing the large indoor market has made Leigh worry about it’s future. This story of Ridley Road Market is a microcosm of what’s happening around the world as community life is threatened by profit driven agendas.
Filmmakers: Alfredo Broccolo & Danny Mitchell
Video Editing & Grading: Alfredo Broccolo
LISTEN TO MY SONG
Listen to my Song is a 48 minute documentary film following the story of Esteban, a twenty-six-year-old rapper who ran away from his family and the poverty of the ghetto when he was thirteen to join the FARC guerrilla movement in Colombia.
With the peace process underway Esteban’s life changed when he met Pablo, a famous Colombian reggae artist and record producer while they were both performing at a concert for peace. Three months later I was lucky enough to travel with Pablo to the FARC camp where Esteban was based to record his first music track.
Filmmaker: Danny Mitchell
Video Editor: Alfredo Broccolo