Thursday, 10 September 2015
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Urban Histories Trailer from discussions on film on Vimeo.
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The of Havana streets, lined with spanish colonial architecture, filled with the sounds of the contemporay Cuba, imortalised on celluloid in recent times by Wim Wenders, are still largely unchanged since he filmed there and sought out members of the Bueno Vista Social Club.
Whilst there we stayed near the the Malecon, featured as part of the motorcycle tour Wenders films in Beuno Vista and used to form that famous montage of the streets. In this little journey we were interested to see what has changed - Unesco are at work, it seems constantly along this seafront but behind, along Industria, it could still be 1998...
Once again we invite you to send in your own Metropolitan Journeys, by June 30th for screening at RARA this July
Havana is a city like no other in the extent to which it bares it's political past on its surface, and deep into its interior spaces. The elegant yet spectaculalry faded and unrepaired facades of the old town, tell of the decades of economic starvation, post revolution.
The architecture alludes to a past era of granduar, which was overturned by revolution. Today museums occupy past palaces, new familes have appropirated the houses once occupied by the ellite, so though largely un - edited in form, life within these old buildings is vastly different to pre-1959. As the Castros cautiously invite aspects of capitalism into Cuba and funding is received by international organisations such as Unesco, one wonders how this place will evolve...
Taking its cue from the fact that revolutions are currenlty erupting throughout North Africa and more recent European history such as the fall of Berlin wall -Transofrming cities will focus on the effect of political context on the Architectural landscape . If you've made or are making a film you feel fits this brief, and would like to show it, please send it to us by August 31st for screening later this year.