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Promise of the City

Matrix City Screening #1:

For many, the city encompasses prosperity, opportunities and independence – the expectation of a better future. Real-estate advertisements show meticulously perfected images of enlightened families arriving at their new homes. Cities promise progress, luxury, safety and ever-taller skyscrapers.

This program takes us into both the construction and deconstruction of this promise. It explores the city as a centrifugal power that continuously attracts population. It also shows how this same city entangles its population in a carefully spun web of structural dependencies – struggling for basic existential survival, keeping up with mortgage, subjecting to the urban labour market. Cities thus become territories of major (civic) conflicts related to the availability and management of the surplus value they produce.

 

CITIZEN: THE WOLF AND NANNY /
Cliff Evans
USA, 2009, 06:00 min.

CRNI FILM / Zelimir Zilnik
Yugoslavia, 1971, 15:00 min.

ENDLESS CITIES_REDUX / D-Fuse
UK, 2009, 04:30 min.

HOOG CATHARIJNE /
Henk W. Gomersbach
The Netherlands, 1970, 13:00 min.

MANHATTA /Charles Sheeler en Paul Strand
USA, 1921, 10:00 min.

RUINS OF PRIVATE PROPERTY /
Vahram Aghasyan
Armenia, 2007, 06:00 min.

SITE SPECIFIC_LAS VEGAS 05 /
Olivo Barbieri
Italy, 2005, 12:30 min.

WE ARE THE BEST / Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Iceland, 2010, 04:30 min.


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