Cities On Speed

Part of: Movies and performances at Strelka

Date:
21.08.2010
Format:
Screenings

How do we make developments in the non-Western world interesting to people in the West? That question brought together two Danish Film Institute film commissioners, Dola Bonfils and Michael Haslund-Christensen. Two years ago they initiated a film project to examine visions for humanity’s urban future, focusing on the development of so-called megacities in the non-Western world.

Bogota Change
Denmark, 2009
director Andreas Mol Dalsgaard
58 min
color
Language: English/ Spanish
Russian subtitles

A vaccine against crime. Weapons melted down for baby cutlery. «Bogotá Change» is the story of two charismatic mayors, Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa who, with unorthodox methods, in less than 10 years turned one of the world’s most dangerous, violent and corrupt capitals into a peaceful model city populated by caring citizens. With Mockus and Peñalosa and key members of their staff as first hand witnesses, the film uncovers the ideas, philosophies and strategies that underlie the changes in Bogotá and which are now being exported to cities worldwide.

Mumbai Disconnected
Denmark, 2009
directors Camilla Nielsson, Frederik Jacobi
58 min
color
English/ Hindi/ Marathi
Russian subtitles

Like a city on steroids, Mumbai is rapidly becoming one of the world’s biggest megacities. But it’s all happening on a narrow peninsula with an infrastructure on the verge of complete collapse. Every day, 10-12 people die from falling off the overcrowded public trains. On the roads, cars come to a stand-still in serial traffic jams. To make matters worse, the Nano, India’s new popular and affordable mini car, has just been launched. Through three interwoven human stories, we meet the people at the frontline of Mumbai’s infrastructural battle. One thing is certain: urban planning is not easy in the world’s largest democracy!

Shanghai Space

Denmark, 2009
director Nanna Frank Moller
60 min
color
Mandarin
Russian subtitles

Shanghai is an explosion of transformation. Every other day a new building is completed, and every year the city’s population grows by half a million people. Authorities are desperately seeking out more space, while the city’s inhabitants must adapt to constantly changing surroundings. In an office on the 20th floor, government advisor Professor Shu prepares the next generation of young urban planners for Shanghai’s future. In order to find the space needed for Shanghai’s millions of inhabitants, planners are now looking underground.

Cairo Garbage
Denmark, 2009
director Mikala Krogh
55 min
color
Language: Arabic
Russian subtitles

Once upon a time there was a city that was neat and tidy, and which was home to only 12 million people. Today, however, Cairo has a population estimated at 20 million. Garbage is piling up in the streets and the piles are growing. Everyone in Cairo has his or her views on garbage but nobody knows what to do about it. Italian garbage disposal operators are brought in to tackle the city’s waste problems and to teach the city dwellers rational garbage habits. «Cairo Garbage» is a portrait of the city community seen through its garbage.

*In the event of bad weather, the screening will be held in a hall. In the event of chilly weather, there are blankets on hand and in the event of rain, there are a limited number of umbrellas.