Songs For The River
Songs for the River began as a document of informal singalongs organised by the filmmaker’s neighbours in the communal spaces of their housing co-operative during the first lockdown of 2020. This is an intimate snapshot of Londoners coming together as a community – the residents of Brandrams Wharf Housing, a converted warehouse by the Thames River in Rotherhithe, range from NHS frontline workers to schoolteachers, probation officers, tradespeople, gardeners, and artists. As seasons changed and the UK moved into further lockdowns in the autumn and winter, Ginsborg continued filming her neighbours, charting their experiences, both personal and political, of the pandemic. Her film is a powerful tribute to the power of solidarity and mutual care – and a reminder of the urgency of addressing the political responsibility of the pandemic from the perspective of the people.