Peace-camp

A short film about Democracy Village peace-camp, established on Parliament Square in summer 2010. The film explores the passion of the peace protesters living at the camp and the relationships between activists and the homeless community who settled on the square. 

The City of Westminster has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the UK and the community spirit of the camp was a draw to many of the local homeless population. By the time Democracy Village was evicted the ratio of people living on the square was 30% activist and 70% homeless. Activists found it an increasing struggle to deal with the subsequent alcohol and drug related problems and violence under the banners of Democracy.

Despite the conflicts, the group managed to find some common ground and occasionally new friendships as they camped together for nearly three months. 

© Emma Stoner