Urban Studies


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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.

SQUATTERS
SQUATTERS

American Studies  Architecture  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Tells the stories of poor people in Philadelphia who illegally take over or `squat' in abandoned houses in order to get places to live and to change housing policy locally and nationally. The film focuses on a 22-year-old single mother of three small children who becomes a leader in the national squatters movement, and includes numerous interviews with activists, real estate developers and government officials.

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WHERE CAN I LIVE?

Urban Studies  Sociology  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Architecture 

Examines gentrification, a process by which an underdeveloped neighborhood is `upgraded' by real estate speculation, with higher income individuals moving into and improving existing properties, but also displacing many of the neighborhood's longtime residents.

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THE HEART OF LOISAIDA

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  Criminal & Law  Architecture  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Depicts the efforts of Latino residents of New York's Lower East Side who have taken over their own buildings abandoned by landlords. Organizing themselves into Tenants' Associations, they undertake the repair and renovation of their decaying tenements and provide their own services.

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HOME

American Studies  Architecture  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Examines the plight of `squatters' in Brooklyn, NY as they try to claim buildings abandoned by the city and to transform them into habitable dwellings.

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BOMBING L.A.

Children & Young Adult  Urban Studies  Sociology  Criminal & Law  American Studies 

This video on the subculture of graffiti features interviews with numerous graffiti 'artists,' follows them on "bombing" expeditions, attends a national graffiti art conference, and records encounters between graffiti writers and adults angry about defacement of private and public property.

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DELIVERED VACANT

Urban Studies  Sociology  Architecture  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson spent eight years documenting Hoboken's battles over gentrification, from boom in the '80s to bust in the '90s. This epic, dramatially engrossing documentary features a real-life cast of long-time residents, newly arrived Yuppies, tenants' organizers, real estate developers, street people, immigrants from around the world, and local politicians.

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PASSIN' IT ON: 25 YEARS ORGANIZING THE NORTHWEST BRONX

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

During the Sixties and early Seventies, banks, insurance companies, the City of New York, and many landlords drew a red-line around the Bronx and abandoned its neighborhoods. More than 12,000 fires burned each year, 300,000 people fled, and in the South Bronx 40% of the homes were destroyed.

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YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE

Criminal & Law  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

Employing an imaginative mix of song and dance, narrative, documentary, parody, and a TV game show, this video examines urban crime in America and how the atmosphere of pervasive fear that envelops our cities encourages racial antagonism.

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