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1@home public fatigue towards homelessness, demonstrating that it can be solved, and inspiring action to tackle homelessness neighborhood by neighborhood.2013Susanne Suffredin46 minsHomelessness
216 Acres rebuilding of ground zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion. 2012Richard Hankin95 minsUrban Design
3A Short History of the Highrise in to 2,500 years of vertical living through an interactive storybook, with rarely seen New York Times photos, as well as animation and games.2013?NFB and the New York TimesN/A
4A Touch of Sinhttp://atouchofsin.comFour independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.2013Zhangke Jia133 mins
5American Experience: The World that Moses Built Part 6 Documentary that explores the lengthy career of New York's Master Builder Robert Moses. Over the span of a half-century, Moses dramatically altered the built environment of the New York Metropolitan Region. 1989PBS/Edward GrayUrban Design
6American Refugees Refugees is a gripping and fast-paced portrait of life on the streets. Shot during their four year ethnographic study, the filmmakers cover life on the streets, from political conflict to service programs to social justice. 2010John Wasserman40 mins.
7Berlin, Symphony of a City movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. At once an invaluable photographic record of life in Weimar Berlin and a timeless demonstration of the cinema's ability to enthrall on a purely visceral level, BERLIN, SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of the bustling metropolis. 1927Walter Ruttman65 mins
8Cairo Drive documentary that explores the life of one of the world's most populated cities from its streets.2013Sherief Elkatsha77 mins
9Calle Lopez portrait of different characters working and living in one of the busiest, noisiest streets of Mexico City's Downtown.2013Gerardo Barroso & Lisa Tillinger80 mins
10Dark Days cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.2000Marc Singer82 mins. Homelessness
11Decline of Gary, Indiana the centre of the country's booming steel industry and known as the City of the Century, Gary, Indiana now lies in ruins as a sad example of American industrial decline.2012?Alex J. Semchuck97 minsUrban Decay
12DEFORCE: America's Past. America's Future. Detroit's Present. is a documentary about Detroit City's modern history. Once viewed as a model for America, in just over 40 years Detroit has experienced the largest fall in populationand living standards of any large American city. DEFORCE reveals what really happened. 2010Daniel Falconer86 mins.Urban Decay
13Ekumenopolis: City Without Limits the story of Istanbul and other Mega-Cities on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family on their on-going struggle for housing rights.2011Imre Azem88 mins
14Empress Hotel doc showcases ten residents of the Empress Hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin. All resident suffer from mental problems, addiction and even prior homelessness and are trying to get clean and on their feet.2009Allie Light86 mins. Poverty
15Etudes sur Paris Sauvage76 mins
16Finding Vivian Maier Vivian Maier was an American street photographer born in New York City. . Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.2013John Maloof, Charlie Siskel84 minsUrban Design
17Fleeced is a new documentary about elder financial abuse. It reveals what can happen to older adults when they are targeted for scams and abusive financial products.  
18Footsteps in Jerusalem
From Kathmandu to Lima to Budapest: A tribute to the father of Israeli documentary cinema.
19Foreign Parts the shadow of the New York Mets' stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. The area seems ripe for urban development, but Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce.2010JP Sniadecki and Verena Paravel80 minsEnvironment
20Goin' to Chicago documentary which takes as its subject the African American migration out of the Jim Crow South during the twentieth century.2010George King71 mins.Urban Politics
#REF!Gut Renovation documentary of small changes evolves into an historical record of New York. The resulting film is a melancholy, essayistic requiem for a neighborhood and an entire way of life; it also provides a case study of the rapid gentrification of our cities.2012Su Friedrich81 minsUrban Design
#REF!Holding Ground Ground (1996) tells what happened when a 1985 urban development plan for a low-income neighborhood in Boston was rejected by the community.1996Mark Lipman57 minsUrban Design
#REF!Homeless:The Hotel Kids of Orange County documentary that explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels. The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don't earn enough to own or rent homes in Orange County, one of the wealthiest regions in the US.2010Alexandra PelosiHomelessness
#REF!How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.2010Carlos Carcas78 mins. Urban Design
#REF!I Come From Iraq“I Come From Iraq” follows the lives of Najiba and Hasan, an aging Iraqi refugee couple building a new life together in a senior housing community in Toronto, Canada. 2003Nadia Shihab30 minsSeniors?
#REF!Joe Papp in Five Acts Papp, the founder of New York City’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, recounts what he hoped to achieve when he started producing outdoor performances on the Lower East Side in 1956.2015Tracie Holder and Karen ThorsenTBDUrban Design
Kochhttp://www.kochthemovie.comA documentary on Ed Koch, the mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.2012Neil Barsky90 mins
#REF!La Haine local youth Abdel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. The gun is found by Vinz who threatens he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.1995Matthieu Kassovitz98 mins
#REF!Land of Opportunity the perspectives of protagonists from different walks of life, this project reveals how the story of post-Katrina New Orleans is also the story of urban America.2010Luisa Dantas96 minsSocial Equity
#REF!Le Mani Sulla Città (Hands over the City)
This expose of the politically driven real estate speculation that has devastated Naples’s civilian landscape moves from a cataclysmic building collapse to the backroom negotiations of civic leaders vying for power in a city council election, laying bare the inner workings of corruption.1963Francesco Rosi105 mins. Urban Politics
#REF!Los Angeles Plays Itself documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.2003Thom Andersen169 mins
#REF!Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Homehttp://www.skidrowismyhome.comAn uplifiting documentary that examines the stories of homeless people living in Los Angeles' Skid Row. 2010Thomas Q. Napper77 minsHomelessness
#REF!Lost Rivershttp://lostrivermovie.comOnce flowing through nearly every developed city in the world, rivers provided the infrastructure upon which modern metropolises were built. In this adventurous and revelatory look into the disappearance and recent resurfacing of these historic waterways, Lost Rivers leads us down the drain into vast underground museums of urban development.2012Caroline Bacle72 minsEnvironment
#REF!Love in the Afternoon Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.1957Billy Wilder130 mins
#REF!Man with a Movie Camera man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.1929Dziga Vertov68 mins
#REF!Manila in the Claws of Light in the Claws of Light is a 1975 Filipino drama film directed by Lino Brocka based on the novel In the Claws of Brightness by Edgardo M. Reyes1975Lino Brocka125 mins
#REF!Manufactured Landscapes Follows Edward Burtynsky through China as he documents the evidence and effects of a massive industrial revolution through stunningly beautiful large-scale photographs of quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams.2006Jennifer Baichwal90 minsEnvironment
#REF!My Brooklyn Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class.2013Kelly Anderson  85 minsGentrification
#REF!Neighbouring Sounds lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.2012Kleber Mendonca Filho131 mins
#REF!Oscar Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air Maciel90 mins
#REF!People's Parkhttps://peoplesparkfilm.wordpress.comA walk through the park like no other, this brilliantly joyous conceptual documentary takes the vivid reality of an urban park: Peoples Park in Chengdu, Sichuan, and, with a pure kind of cinema magic, makes it more real than real.2012Libbie Cohn and JP Sniadecki78 mins
#REF!Play Time“With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to a modern age tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.” 1967Jacques Tati124 mins
#REF!Redemption is the story of a marginal and gritty community of recyclers in Dogtown, one of the poorer neighborhoods of Oakland, California.2013Amir SoltaniPoverty
Revolution '67 Focusing on the six-day Newark, N.J., outbreak in mid-July, REVOLUTION '67 reveals how the disturbances began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice.2007Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno90 mins
#REF!Rich HillRich Hill intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them.2014Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos93 minsPoverty
#REF!Rohmer in Parishttp://www.rohmerinparis.comCombining elements of essay film, biographical documentary, speculative fiction, and mashup, Rohmer in Paris provides an unconventional tour of Rohmer's films, of modern Paris, and of how we engage with cinema.2013Richard Misek67 mins
#REF!Skid Row documentary that chronicles Pras Michel's 9-day experiment as a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles.2007Ross Clarke95 mins. Homelessness
#REF!Straight Outta Hunter's Point by filmmaker Kevin Epps, the film provides a rare look from the inside at racial, economic and environmental issues that the African American residents of Hunter's Point face each day. Epps believes that the residents of Hunter's Point are victimized not only by criminals but by the basic inequalities of the system.2003Kevin Epps75 mins.Social Equity
#REF!Straight Outta Hunter's Point II this completely new film Epps reveals anew, with the unrelenting eye of an embedded war journalist, the present state of the community that he still calls home.Hunter's Point is San Francisco's black ghetto that has for decades been ravaged by devastating violence, drug use and poverty.2012Kevin Epps80 mins.Social Equity
#REF!Street Fight the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics.2005Marshall Curry83 minsUrban Politics
#REF!The Age of Stupid A man living in the devastated future of 2055 looks back at footage from our time and asks, “why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?” 2009Franny Armstrong92 minsEnvironment
#REF!The Big City at home changes when a housewife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a salesperson.1963Satyajit Ray122 mins
#REF!The City Dark documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night; “a search for night on a planet that never sleeps.” Special guest: Susanne Seitinger, City Innovations Manager, Philips Color Kinetics. Co-sponsored by the PBS “POV” Community Network.2011Ian Cheney84 minsUrban Design
#REF!The Garden: The Life & Death of a Community Garden in LA Garden is a documentary film about the life and death of a community garden in Los Angeles. After the 1992 Rodney King riots which fractured the South Central LA community, the City of Los Angeles allotted a 14-acre piece of property to the community on the corner of 41st and Alameda.2009Scott Hamilton KennedyEnvironment
#REF!The Last Train Home spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos, as millions of city-dweller attempt to return to their rural homes by train for Chinese New Year. 2009Lixin Fan87 minsUrban Design
#REF!The Parking Lot Movie A documentary on the lives of parking lot attendants who work at The Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, Virginia.2010Meghan Eckman90 minsSocial Equity
#REF!The Taking of South Central...Philadelphia was once “South Philly” is now “Center City.” Community members of what had been for 100 years a predominantly African American community talk about gentrification and the past and future of South Central. As real estate values rise, some long-term residents face displacement from the neighborhood.2007Odunde150 minsGentrification
#REF!Third Ward TX WARD TX introduces artists and neighbors of Project Row Houses who are breathing new life into their historically black community. Success attracts new real estate speculation as Project Row Houses races to create its own development plans that honor the history and culture of the Third Ward and strengthen community ties.2007Andrew Garrison57 minsPoverty
#REF!Truck Farm the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers in New York City.2011Ian Cheney48 minsUrban Design
#REF!True SonTrue Son follows 22-year old Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs during his campaign for a seat on the Stockton City Council during a year of record homicides and impending bankruptcy. 2013Kevin Gordon72 minsUrban Politics
#REF!Two or Three Things I Know About Herhttp://2or3things.blogspot.comThe film is a kind of dramatised documentary, illustrating and exaggerating the emotionless lives of characters in the new Paris of the 60s, where commercialism mocks families getting by on small incomes, where prostitution is a moneyspinning option, and where people are coldly resigned and immune to the human nightmares of Vietnam, and impending Atomic war. 1967Jean-Luc Godard87 mins
#REF!Urban FruitThere is a huge divide urban areas and the places where food is grown. This film by Roman Zenz examines the industrial food complex, and what LA residents are doing to push back against it. 2013Roman Zenz68 minsEnvironment
#REF!Urbanized documentary about the design of cities that looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.2011Gary Hustwit85 mins. Urban Design
#REF!Waste Land Muniz takes us on a journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom with the help of the brilliant catadores, or pickers of recyclable materials.2010Vik Muniz99 mins. Environment
#REF!When a Woman Ascends the Stairs middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends.1960Mikio Naruse111 mins
#REF!Where God Left His Shoes failed boxer (Leguizamo) struggles to find a job and an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve.2007Salvatore Stabile96 mins. Poverty/Housing?
#REF!A Village Called Versailles, a tight-knit neighborhood on the edge of New Orleans, is home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, residents rebuild their homes — only to have them threatened by a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change.2010S. Leo Chiang90 mins
#REF!When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina.2006Spike Lee256 mins
#REF!Living Los SuresThe expansive documentary project about the Southside of Willamsburg.198461 mins
6970 Acres in Chicago documentary highlighting the effects of the Plan for Transformation in the Chicago neighborhood, Calibri Green. The plan tore down public housing high rises and replace them with mixed-income condominiums, creating tension among a once tight-knit community. The film not only covers the first five years of development, but the fifteen years following the transformation plan as people adjust to new negotiations, injustices, and neighbors.2014Ronit Bezalel53 minsGentrification
70Everyday Rebellion various protests around the world, this documentary shows the power of creative nonviolent protests and civil disobediances.2013Arman And Arash T. Riahi118 minsSocial Activism
71Slums: Cities of Tomorrow the midst of slums, cities form as people come together to overcome the social and economic hardships of living in poverty. This documentary explores slums all over the world and highlights the strength of individuals in these "cities of tomorrow" to develop and remake their homes and image.2014Jean-Nicolas Orhon83 minsPoverty
72How to Change the Worldhttp://howtochangetheworldmovie.comThe story of how a group of friends protested by sailing into a nuclear test zone in 1971, and pioneered Greenpeace and the modern green movement.2015Jerry Rothwell110 minsSocial Activism
73How to Survive a Plague UP and TAG, two activist coalitions, join forces to address the AIDS epidemic and force the pharmaceutical industry to find and test drugs that would make AIDS a manageable condition in record time.2012David France110 minsSocial Activism
74Boom - The Sound of Eviction documentary of the "New Economy" surfacing through dot-com boom and its failures that have led to evictions and a housing crisis in San Francisco.2001Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood96 minsHousing Crisis
75A Noble Intention instrument maker fights with a business man attempting to build the luxury Victoria Hotel in central Amsterdam that will replace many residential homes. Him and his cousin come up with a scheme to prevent the hotel from being built ad intruding on the neighborhood.2015Joram Lursen115 minsHousing
76Kicks, a fifteen year old boy, buys a pair of expensive sneakers in attempt to escape bullying and the reality of being poor. Instead, he quickly becomes a target for gangs and they get stolen. This is the story of his struggle to retrieve them.2016Justin Tipping85 minsSocial Equity
77The Chinese Mayor look into China's modernization challenges and corruption through the story of a high-ranking mayor.2015Zhou Hao87 minsInternational
78Detropia the lives of multiple Detroit citizens to highlight the challenges of its economic problems.2012Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady87 minsEconomic/Urban Decay
79KEDiwww.kedifilm.comA documentary tracking nine cats' lives in Istanbul.2016Ceyda Torun80 minsInternational
80Surviving Progress how human progress such as population increase and technological advancements have actually put the planet in potential danger.2012Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks87 minsGlobal Advancement
81American Street Kid documentary about youth homelessness. It started off as a public service announcement, but transformed into a full documentary.2017Michael Leoni104 minsHomelessness
82Our Journey Home following three families to examine the impact and importance of home.2015Patrick Moreau55 minsHousing
83Bunkers Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry
Two-part documentary that on the architectual movement called "brutalism."2016Jonathan Meades59 minsUrban Development
84Brick City about the struggle to fight high crime rates in Newark, NJ and make the community a better and safer place to live.2009Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin45 minsUrban Crime
85Manufactured Landscapes about Edward Burtynsky, a photographer focused on recording globalization in a period of globalization.2007
Jennifer Baichwal
87 minsInternational
86A New Color of Edythe Boone who used art as a medium to address social issues, especially racial inequality.2015Marlene "Mo" Morris56 minsSocial Activism
87Ghost Town already have some ideas about who can be on panel, esp ppl from mission bay development corp/ocii; intruiging?, local;
88Jacques Tati in "Mon Oncle" of Things/Smart Cities (automated house)
89Behemoth Mongolia - human/ecological cost of unbridled city buildling 201590
90San Yuan Li no dialog snapshots of highway/city scenes in China. Atmospheric.20031 min
Gentrification, Displacement, Cultural Erosion
92Local Hero throwback, romantic view of people. Meh.
Anti-urban, anti-developer but in a good way
9399 Homes thriller - family caught in foreclosure crises2015
Gentrification; Predatory
94Chavez Ravine
95Cool it
96Fatal Assistance Rauol Peck, same Director of "I Am Not Your Negro" 2016 film; Promising, famous director;2015Haiti failure of humanitarian aide
ie planning and rebuilding
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