Bata-ville is a bittersweet record of a coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire in Zlin in the Czech Republic. Against the backdrop of regeneration in their local communities, former employees of the now-closed UK shoe factories in East Tilbury (Essex) and Maryport (Cumbria) are led on a journey that begins as a free holiday but soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what entrepreneur Tomas Bata's maxim "We are not afraid of the future" means for them in 21st century Britain.
This beautifully-crafted boxed DVD features 3 full colour postcards as well as a Director's Interview and Trailer.
DVD running time: 93mins
Aspect ratio: 16:9, PAL DVD9
Special features: Director's interview & Cinema Trailer
"Bata-ville is a hybrid of feature film and documentary, acting as both a travelogue and artwork: It explores personal and historic realities, uncovering the way people, places and ideas converge at certain times and around certain ideals."
Heidi Reitmaier, Tate Britain