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The new film Ceremony follows the return of a Soviet-era statue of Friedrich Engels to Manchester and highlighting the city’s role as the birthplace of communism.

Witness the return of Friedrich Engels to Manchester – in the form of a Soviet-era statue – in a film documenting its journey across Europe and installation in the city.

Last year Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins set out on a mission to bring Engels home to the city where he made his name. It was in Manchester that Engels wrote the key socialist texts that led to him co-authoring The Communist Manifesto with friend Karl Marx.

Collins’ film follows the statue’s remarkable journey and Manchester’s response to its homecoming. It also explores Engels’ legacy in austerity Britain and the lives of workers today.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, HOME, Manchester and Manchester International Festival. Produced by HOME, Manchester, Manchester International Festival, Shady Lane Productions and Tigerlily Productions. Supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence, the BBC, the Henry Moore Foundation and My Festival Circle


Image credit: Phil Collins Ceremony, 2017. Courtesy Shady Lane Productions. Film still

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