Phil Collins

Bring Down The Walls

On the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd


English with German subtitles / 88 min.

Eine Szene von einer Tanzfläche: Mehrere PoC tanzen eng beieinander.
Eine Momentaufnahme aus einem Zuschauer:innenraum bei einer Veranstaltung. Im Hintergrund leuchtet in Neonschrift „Bring down the walls“.
Ein Foto einer Diskussionsveranstaltung auf einer Bühne mit Zuschauer:innen.

Over the last five decades the prison population in the United States has soared to more than two million. Through privatisation and disproportionate targeting of people of colour, the marginalised and the poor, the justice system has been used as a tool of oppression and a source of corporate profit. Today, “the land of the free” is the world’s biggest jailer. Coinciding with the escalation of mass incarceration in the 1980s, a new dance culture emerged from Black, Latinx and queer communities embattled by criminal and law enforcement policies.

“Bring Down The Walls” by Phil Collins looks at the prison industrial complex in the US and the movement for prison abolition through the lens of house music and nightlife, proposing the dance floor as a space of personal and collective liberation, and new ways in which we could come together as a society. On 25 May, the day that George Floyd was murdered, an event which ignited mass protests against systemic racism, a special preview of this complex film and public art project which was realised in 2018 will broadcast on HAU4. A screening on the anniversary of the event which ignited mass protests against systemic racism is a prelude to a full-scale presentation of work in front of a live audience at HAU1 in autumn.

The US prison system represents a staggering 25% of the global prison population. There is no question that mass incarceration devastates entire communities and disproportionately punishes people of colour and the poor. In a country which defines itself on the tenets of ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ it is painfully clear that this is in no way indicates progress but instead sustains structural inequality and a hatred of those with the least. It fundamentally damages the lives of millions and is a problem which should be important to us all.” – Phil Collins


Directed by: Phil Collins / Produced by: Siniša Mitrović / Music: Larry Heard, Robert Owens & Cameron Holmes; Empress Of & Michael Austin; Figure Skater & King Tolen; Nguzunguzu & Cinthia Candelaria; Kyp Malone & Robert Pollock; MikeQ, Ian Isiah & Amanda Cruz; L’Rain, Morgan Wiley & Patrick Gordon / Voiceover: Robert Owens / Featuring: Bianca Van Heydorn, Pilar Maschi, Pedro Colazzo, James “Moe” Torres, Denis Martinez, Isaias Umali, Ivan Calaf, Shedrick Blackwell, Reuben Jonathan Miller, Jay Holder, Abigail Adams, Gladys Pizzaro, Michael Roberson, Jasmine Moore, Jarrell Daniels, Yolanda / Club nights: Soul Summit, House of Vogue, Brujas, Papi Juice / Editor: Stefan Ramiréz Pérez / Sound mix & sound design: Jochen Jezussek / German translation: Christine Gauglitz / Production: Shady Lane Productions


  • Past
    Tue 25.5.2021, 19:00 / HAU4

Participation in this event is free of charge, but we encourage you to donate to the following organisations:

KOP – die Kampagne für Opfer rassistisch motivierter Polizeigewalt

Berlin Collective Action


Commissioned by: Creative Time, New York. In partnership with: The Fortune Society. Supported by Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, Montréal QC. German subtitles supported by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.



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