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WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN
WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN

2009  Urban Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Education  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the young children of Singleton Charter Middle School, the first school to open in New Orleans after Katrina, have created a revealing portrait of urban youth at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.

THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES
THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES

Architecture  Urban Studies  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Part city symphony, part visual poem, The Solitary Life of Cranes explores the invisible life of a city, its patterns and hidden secrets, seen through the eyes of crane drivers working high above its streets. Referencing both Ruttmann and Vertov as well as Jane Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," it's a beautiful meditation on how our existence is shaped by the spaces we inhabit.

A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square
A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square

LGBTQ  Aging / Gerontology  Urban Studies  Architecture  2009  Directed by Women 

What does it mean to be gay and old in America? A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square addresses this issue by following the construction and development of the country's first affordable housing facility for LGBT seniors.

THE BETRAYAL
THE BETRAYAL

Cultural Studies  2009  New York City  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Urban Studies  Political Science  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

2009 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal examines the collateral impact of America's secret war in Laos during Vietnam by chronicling one family's extraordinary journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York.

THE GAME OF CHANGE
THE GAME OF CHANGE

American Studies  American History  African-American Studies  Urban Studies  2008 

When the Loyola basketball team started four African-American players in 1963 they were suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. The Game of Change reaches far beyond sports, demonstrating this particular event's significance in the battle for race equality in a largely segregated country.

THE UNFORESEEN
THE UNFORESEEN

Environmental Studies  Architecture  American Studies  Cinema Studies  Economics  Urban Studies  Political Science  2008  Directed by Women 

An urgent, beautifully crafted examination of urban sprawl and its impact on the environment, The Unforeseen is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary from director Laura Dunn and executive producers Terrence Malick and Robert Redford.

GIULIANI TIME
GIULIANI TIME

New York City  Media Studies  Criminal & Law  Urban Studies  Terrorism Studies  Political Science  American Studies  2007 

Could this man be the next President of the United Sates? This incisive documentary examines Rudolph Giuliani's rise to power, his policies, and their effect on the city he referred to as the 'Capital of the World.'

LAST HOUSE STANDING
LAST HOUSE STANDING

Urban Studies  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

As China continues its unprecedented economic growth, Last House Standing captures the poignant story of an elderly man caught between his country's past and future.

BUILDING THE GHERKIN
BUILDING THE GHERKIN

Architecture  Urban Studies  Europe  Environmental Studies  Business  Directed by Women 

Can a single building impact the career of an architect, the image of a global company and the future of a major city? Building the Gherkin chronicles the design, planning and construction of the controversial Swiss Re building, dubbed 'the erotic gherkin' by the British press.

THE HEALING GARDENS OF NEW YORK
THE HEALING GARDENS OF NEW YORK

Urban Studies  New York City  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Environmental Studies  Criminal & Law  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

A wonderful film that illustrates the significance of gardens and green spaces in the face of ever growing urbanization and development.

LIFE IN A BASKET
LIFE IN A BASKET

Urban Studies  Sociology  American Studies  Directed by Women 

We’ve all seen homeless people pushing shopping carts down the street, shopping carts packed to the brim with all kinds of "junk." But what’s actually inside those shopping carts anyway?

NOT FOR SALE
NOT FOR SALE

Sociology  Puerto Rican Studies  Latino Studies  Urban Studies  Architecture  American Studies  New York City  Directed by Women 

Chronicles life on East Seventh Street in New York City and its transformations. Residents share their memories of what used to be an immigrant lower-class neighborhood.

BOWERY DISH
BOWERY DISH

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Gastronomy  Architecture  American Studies 

This film explores how trendy restaurants and bars have spearheaded the transformation of America's most notorious skid row, the Bowery, in New York City.

TALL: THE AMERICAN SKYSCRAPER AND LOUIS SULLIVAN
TALL: THE AMERICAN SKYSCRAPER AND LOUIS SULLIVAN

Architecture  Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  American Studies 

This film tells the story of the unstoppable rise of the skyscrapers. Tall pits the struggle for artistic integrity against the demands of fashion and the client's bottom line.

THE AMERICAN DREAM: PUERTO RICANS AND MEXICANS IN NEW YORK
THE AMERICAN DREAM: PUERTO RICANS AND MEXICANS IN NEW YORK

Urban Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology  Puerto Rican Studies  New York City  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

This documentary examines two migrant experiences, one from the Caribbean and one from Latin America, which comprise an important part of the Hispanic experience in New York.

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META-MECANO: THE CREATION OF THE JEAN TINGUELY MUSEUM

Urban Studies  Europe  Art History  Architecture 

This video follows the sculptures of the late Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), one of Europe’s most popular artists, as they are transported from his Swiss studio to their new home at the Museum of Basel.

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RUSSIA AND AMERICA

Urban Studies  Sociology  Russia  Economics  Eastern Europe  American Studies 

Focuses on the Russian city of Ekaterinburg as a case-study illustration of the former Soviet Union's difficult transition from a socialist to a capitalist economy.

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WEIMAR: A MODERN DAY RENAISSANCE CITY

World History  Sociology  Urban Studies  Performing Arts  Europe  Cultural Studies 

Weimar: A Modern Day Renaissance City is a celebration of the small town that has capped its triumphant comeback by being recognized as the Culture city of Europe in 1999. This video looks at Weimar's past and present.

ERITREA
ERITREA

African Studies  Architecture  Art History  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

For nearly thirty years, in the longest ongoing war in Africa, the Eritrean people waged a bitter struggle against the occupying forces of the Ethiopian government, which were armed by the Soviet Union and Israel.

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HOUSING COURT

American Studies  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the operations of the Bronx Housing Court which annually mediates some 125,000 disputes between tenants and landlords, including evictions, rent strikes and housing code violations. The film also explores the social and economic causes for the growing problem of urban housing decay.

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