CITIZEN JANE: Battle for the city, tells the story of Jane Jacobs’s battles against the wealthiest developers in the city. She made herself the bane of New York’s powerful city planners from the 1950s to 1970s. Her enemy was Robert Moses, the city’s powerful master builder and advocate of urban renewal, or wholesale neighborhood clearance.
The cycle will finish with the screening of SK2014 followed by a debate on Identities of the Cities. Film brings a regional perspective through an aesthetic portrait of the grand revamp of the capital of Macedonia launched in 2010 by the right-wing government, known as “Skopje 2014”. The project’s goal is to change the urban character of the city from modernist soc-realistic constructions to almost exclusively new baroque and neoclassical style. What can Kosovar decision makers learn from this?
The debates will take place in Prishtina on 21 March, Prizren 22 March and Peja 23 March.
26 March – 13 April
ECUMENOPOLIS – City Without Limits: will focus on preservation of cultural heritage degradation at the times of rapid urbanization. ECUMENOPOLIS will be used as an educational material for University students to question the transformation’s dynamic, while the discussion with the Filmmaker Imre Azem and Sali Shoshi from Cultural Heritage Without Borders will explore the aspects of Urban Development and preservation of Cultural Heritage.
The debates will take place in Prishtina on 11 April, Prizren 12 April and Peja 13 April.
16 April – 4 May
THE HUMAN SCALE: meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning. What and are there any plans of the current mayor on modernizing the city, and how it will affect the people living in the city. Are there any solutions to address the transport congestion through a shared sense of community and ownership by drawing lessons from the film where the corporate and political agenda of Western-style progress favors the few car-owning haves over the many pedestrian have-nots. The debate will bring together a legislator from Prizren Municipality and film director Andreas Møl Dalsgaard.
The debates will take place in Prishtina on 2 May, Prizren 3 May and Peja 4 May.
4 – 22 May
BIKES vs. CARS: What are the obstacles that local governments face in creation of urban infrastructure that prioritizes cycling versus driving? The film team has also developed a smartphone application which stores the user’s cycling trips and converts the distance into CO2 emissions saved. It provides both an individual and a collective experience. While the user can track and record their own bike trips, their data is also shared so that a total number of kilometers traveled and CO2/oil saved per city, region and country is displayed, as well as a global total. The discussion with the filmmaker Fredrik Gerten and activists from Prizren, Peja and Prishtina will be debating about Urban Infrastructure and Cycling in Kosovo.
The debates will take place in Prishtina on 20 May, Prizren 21 May and Peja 22 May.
25 May – 16 June
CITIES ON SPEED-BOGOTÁ CHANGE: An exciting and rapidly edited portrait of a city that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Bogotá, capital of Colombia, was long notorious as one of the most criminal, dangerous, and inhospitable cities in the world. The turnabout came in 1995, when Antalas Mockus was elected mayor of the city in a landslide victory. The head of a university, he had previously caused a sensation when, faced with a hall full of loudly protesting students, he dropped his trousers. This unexpected mooning earned him approval and respect. And once elected mayor, the city waited with baited breath to see how he would apply his unorthodox methods to realize crucial changes in mentality. He taught the citizens to live together and to take on responsibility.
What can we learn from Bogota experience? Can Mayors as visionary individuals transform hopeless deprivation into a head start. The metamorphosis of the city of Tirana is another example of humane urban renewal. What were the immediate interventions of the Mayor of Tirana after assuming the office? What were the major challenges he faced in pushing for the advancement of his vision? Can Kosovo cities apply the same approach as in Tirana or Bogota?
The debate will take place in Prizren on 16 June 2018 with the Mayors of three largest Kosovar cities in discussion with Tirana Mayor, Erion Veliaj.
International Documentary and Short Film Festival - Dokufest