Urban Documentary

Virtual Movie Nights

Urban Documentary - Virtual Movie Nights

“Urban Documentary” is a Virtual Movie Night series run by the School of the Built Environment, for anyone interested in watching and discussing films on urban themes. From classics to contemporary, encompassing themes from housing inequalities to urban design and environmental justice, join us every fortnight, Wednesday evenings, from 5pm (even weeks)

When: Wednesday evening, every fortnight, starting Week 2

(Sept 30th; Oct 14th, Oct 28th, Nov 11th, Nov 25th and Dec 9th)

Where: Virtually, in your front room!

Timing: 4.45 - 5.00 Join zoom call

5.00 - 5.10 Introduction to the film

5.10 onwards Film screening (around 60-90 minutes)

After the film Discussion until around 7.00.

Participation is free, but registration is required.

To register for a Movie Night, click on the relevant link and complete the Eventbrite form. You will be emailed a zoom link, and further details on how to watch the film.

Week 2 (September 30th)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)

Journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs's fight to stop Robert Moses demolishing New York's historic neighbourhoods in pursuit of his modernist vision in the 60s.

Week 4 (October 14th)

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2011)

This film tells 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

Week 6 (October 28th)

Never Surrender (2020)

This documentary film narrates the community fight for environmental justice in Bayview-Hunters Point neighbourhood, San Francisco.

Week 8 (November 11th)

The City (1939)

The City is a pioneering short documentary from 1930s America, that contrasts inner-city urban living with the promises of the planned new towns and cities.

Week 10 (November 25th)

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980)

This influential film in architecture and planning analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces in the US.

Week 12 (December 9th)

Push (2019)

A powerful documentary about the global injustices in housing, following the UN's Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she investigates these inequalities around the world.


For more information, contact:

Reza Shirazi (shirazi@brookes.ac.uk)

Juliet Carpenter (jcarpenter@brookes.ac.uk)