What is the relationship between Manchester in 2018 and the Russian Revolution of 1917? The German philosopher Friedrich Engels, who wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, lived for years in this British industrial city. Through this founder of communist theory, artist Phil Collins investigates what remains of his ideas in today’s United Kingdom. How would Engels view the world today? And has anything changed for ‘the working poor’?

Collins not only brings Engels back to Manchester metaphorically, but also literally. We follow the journey that a statue of the philosopher makes from a Ukrainian village through Europe and back 'home'. With his visually layered Ceremony, a combination of documentary road movie and social-activist pamphlet, Collins proposes a renewed link between Manchester and the idea of communism as a radical and visionary alternative for the 'tyranny of capital' that still has a grip on our political, economic and emotional life.

Filmmaker
Phil Collins
Country
United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
67’
Language
English, German, Ukrainian
Producer
Sinisa Mitrovic, Natasha Dack Ojumu
Production Company
Shady Lane Productions, Tigerlily Films
Sales
Shady Lane Productions
Writer
Phil Collins
Editor
David Charap, Andreas Dalström
Music
Mica Levi, Demdike Stare, Gruff Rhys