Reflections of daily life

in life on the streets of Imperial Courts. An area notorious for its gang-related violence, Lixenberg’s scenes present the community in a very different light. She documents lazy afternoons; parties when the entire neighbourhood comes together to celebrate a local youth’s graduation. Another scene features women discussing fast food while braiding each other's hair. By interweaving images of celebration and banality, the film’s rhythm mirrors the pace of daily life.

Lixenberg shows us a singularly close-knit and resilient community and, in her typically understated style, challenges stereotypical representations of the neighbourhood. But in doing so, Lixenberg never glosses over the problems of Imperial Courts; tensions are subtly present in the ominous rumble of low-flying police helicopters and in the footage of modest monuments commemorating local victims of gun violence.