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The Urban Studies Collection

A collection of over 40 films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges.

By 2050, 7 out of every 10 people will live in a city — some 6.4 billion people according to the World Health Organization. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION assembles over 40 essential films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges. Filmmakers from around the world look at cities on every continent, providing a truly global perspective on urban life. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION explores the key issues facing city-dwellers, including living space, livability, sustainability, crime, gentrification, politics, finance, sprawl, and the urban ecosystem.

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Lost RiversLost Rivers

Explore the growing movement and innovative projects around the world to uncover once-buried urban waterways.

Icarus Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 72 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
Malls R UsMalls R Us

From impressive architectural projects to economic, environmental and social concerns, everything about shopping malls, and more.

Icarus Films ♦ 2009 ♦ 78 minutes ♦ 8-12, College, Adult
MegamallMegamall
The construction of a huge mall 18 miles north of Manhattan reveals the role of money, power and politics in the age of sprawl.
Bullfrog Films ♦ 2010 ♦ 81 minutes ♦ 9-12, General, Adults
Metal and MelancholyMetal and Melancholy
Roving the city of Lima, Peru, Heddy Honigmann meets teachers, actors, professionals, civil servants and many others who have turned to taxi driving to earn enough to get by.
Icarus Films ♦ 2007 ♦ 80 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Moi, Un NoirMoi, Un Noir

In this landmark documentary, Jean Rouch collaborates with his subjects to produce a complex portrait of Nigerien migrants in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 70 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The New NeighborsThe New Neighbors

The inspiring story of two ordinary people who have successfully made racial integration the centerpiece of revitalizing Pennsauken, NJ.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2009 ♦ 26 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
No UmbrellaNo Umbrella
An unblinking look at the 2004 US Election Day failures in one of Ohio's poorest neighborhoods.
Bullfrog Films ♦ 2006 ♦ 26 minutes ♦ 7 - 12, College, Adult
Now We Live on CliftonNow We Live on Clifton

Children talk about their fear of being forced out of their neighborhood by the gentrification.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1974 ♦ 26 minutes
Reinventing the World: CitiesReinventing the World: Cities

Is 'sustainable cities' an oxymoron or can they be made to work?

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2000 ♦ 50 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Santiago Calatrava's TravelsSantiago Calatrava's Travels
A fascinating portrait of world famous artist, engineer, architect and urban studies scholar Santiago Calatrava, and an interdisciplinary reflection on the perception and impact of architecture.
Icarus Films ♦ 2004 ♦ 77 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult

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