TRACKING THE FUTURE OF CITIES
The Barbican cultural centre in London (UK) is hosting City Visions, a two-week long celebration of the past, present and future of the urban form and the people who are brave enough to call it home. Designating it a film festival wouldn’t do this event justice, as on top of screenings, there are special introductions, talks and debates given by leading architects, film makers, writers and journalists, with a focus on architecture, urban planning and globalization.
“City Visions celebrates the freedoms and energy of the city and reveals memorable images of urban decay and deprivation.”
Among the highlights…
Finnish engineer and writer Eero Paloheimo feels that democracy responds too slowly to solve the crisis facing the world. When one billion rural Chinese move to cities, our planet will change irreversibly. Now, Palohheimo has come to believe China might well have a pioneering role in securing the future of mankind.
A Palestinian filmmaker is commissioned by an American organisation to make a documentary depicting Jerusalem as a city of peace and coexistence. But things don’t go quite as planned.
Already one of the world’s largest metropolises, Istanbul is an exemplary case of rampant urbanisation. With striking visuals, personal stories of uprooted families and interviews with politicians, developers and architects, this is a fascinating documentary about neo-liberal urbanism.
Once a grand symbol of American industry and culture, Detroit now teeters on the brink of dissolution. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, this film captures those left behind who refuse to abandon hope.
What does it mean to be an urban species in the 21st century? From Bangalore to Beirut, São Paolo to Chicago, Highrise is an Emmy Award-winning, multimedia, collaborative documentary experiment which explores vertical living around the world.
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Listings and booking:
City Visions: A season of films, talks and debates exploring modern cities around the world
Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre, UK
Box Office 0845 120 7527
Thu 25 Sep – Wed 8 Oct 2014