section offers documentaries and short films dealing with a very wide range of urban matters. The audiovisual works selected here are about the city, whether it is understood as a physical container or the immaterial content dwelling therein. Provided or made publicly accessible through links by their authors or owners, these pieces are mainly concerned with the European idea of the city, although they may also focus on other urban realities when their generalised nature suggests they should be included. This new section is part of the “Europe City
” initiative which is funded by the European Union Culture Programme with a view to offering deeper reflection and debate about the values of the European city.
Dark Side of the Greens | Anthony Baxter │ United Kingdom, Croatia | 2015 | 59:13 | English
This documentary probes the relationship between developers and local authorities who use golf as a smokescreen behind which to construct enormous luxury resorts with all the attendant deleterious effects on the environment and protests by local residents
The Sea Between Us | Caoimhe Butterly │ Greeece, 2016 | 00:46:51 | Arabic > English
Sketches of women, men and children crossing the Aegean Sea in search of refuge and less precarious lives with some thoughts of people who work with them in a spirit of solidarity. Filmed on the island of Lesbos, Greece.
Smart City: In Search of the Smart Citizen | Sara Blom and Dorien Zandbergen │ The Netherlands, 2015 | 01:04:20 | Dutch > English
Through a series of interviews with public office holders, representatives of technological companies and citizens taking part in a data-collection experiment, this documentary raises the main paradoxes entailed in the project of making Amsterdam a &ldquo
Ficción Inmobiliaria [Real Estate Fiction, parts I and II] | Left Hand Rotation | Museo de los Desplazados | España/Portugal, 2014-2015 | 00:21:00, 00:26:00 | Several languages > English
This collage of fictional stories about the city and its inhabitants interweaves fragments of films to offer a critical account of gentrification, one of the great inherent conflicts in the socioeconomic model of an epoch when cities have grown and transf
Inner Yard | Marika Pecháčková | Studio FAMU | Czech Republic, 2014 | 00:33:41 | Czech > English
The discussions among a group of residents about removing the fences around separate gardens in the interior space of their block constitute a metaphor for the everyday problems of coexistence in the city.
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream │ Gregory Greene │ The Electric Wallpaper │ Canada, 2004 │ 00:51:43 │ English
Sprawling suburbs of one-family homes and private cars were the chief sets on the stage of the American dream. Going back to a time when fuel was abundant and cheap, they gave rise to a lifestyle that has turned out to be increasingly unsustainable. What
Ekümenopolis │ Imre Azem │ Kibrifilm │ Turkey, 2011 │ 01:33:26 │ Turkish > English
If cities are a reflection of human society, what does Istanbul say about humans? What kind of city will future generations inherit? “Ecological limits have been exceeded. Economic limits have been exceeded. Demographic limits have been exceeded. So
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