As cities around the world catapult themselves into ‘world-class city status’, we have to ask ourselves, “at what cost”? This film tells the intergenerational stories of spatial violence in three self-professed world-class cities: Cape Town, New York and São Paulo. The film aims to build solidarity among active urban citizens by illuminating the tools and approaches used by urban activists to shape and navigate their cities, which have been affected by colonization, architectural apartheid and gentrification. It follows the daily struggles, trials and triumphant moments of active citizens, fighting for the right to their cities.
A pre-recorded conversation between the curators and the filmmakers is available here.
Strand curated by Yasmin Fedda and Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan.