Urban Issues

7l West Broadway, Ground Zero, N.Y.

7l West Broadway, Ground Zero, N.Y.

Like thousands of New Yorkers who live downtown, the filmmaker Beverly Peterson witnessed close-up the horrific events of 9/11. Her first instinct was to grab her video camera in order to bear witness to the tragedy unfolding. Filming became a way of surviving the following months as she documented what was happening to her community.

Beyond the Echo of the Drum

The survival of one of Los Angeles's last remaining black cultural centers is being threatened by city politics and a struggling economy. Beyond the Echo of the Drum follows three passionate community members as they strive to secure a positive future for Leimert Park Village, a unique cultural oasis in the midst of LA’s most notorious communities.

Bogotá: Improving Civic Behavior

Before long, more than 550 cities worldwide will have a population of more than one million people. By 2030, 80 percent of the world's population will live in cities. Whereas megacities have traditionally served as economic and political power centers, many of today’s fastest growing cities are in developing nations.

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story shows that segregation has been as virulent and persistent in the North as in the South and that it too has resulted from deliberate public policies based in deep-rooted racial prejudice. The film uses the bitter struggle over equal housing rights in Yonkers, New York during the1980s to show the "massive resistance" the Civil Rights Movement confronted when it moved north.

Cairo: Garbage

Before long, more than 550 cities worldwide will have a population of more than one million people. By 2030, 80 percent of the world's population will live in cities. Whereas megacities have traditionally served as economic and political power centers, many of today’s fastest growing cities are in developing nations.

Cities on Speed Series

Before long, more than 550 cities worldwide will have a population of more than one million people. By 2030, 80 percent of the world's population will live in cities. Whereas megacities have traditionally served as economic and political power centers, many of today’s fastest growing cities are in developing nations.

George Washington Bridge: Crossing the Hudson

The George Washington Bridge spanning the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey is often called the most beautiful bridge in the world. Such a bridge had been envisioned ever since the Brooklyn Bridge was built in the 1890's but the execution of such a large span had to wait for more than a quarter of a century, until 1931.

Getting Up: The Tempt One Story

How does a fallen man get back up?

Tony "Tempt" Quan is a legendary LA graffiti artist, social activist, and publisher. In 2003, he was diagnosed with ALS (also called Lou Gehrig’s disease), a paralyzing degenerative nerve disorder which has rendered him unable to move, breathe, or speak.

But his mind and creative spirit remain intact.

Girltalk

Girltalk

Girltalk intimately portray the lives of three runaway girls from Boston. At age 14, Pinky is a truant. Childlike and jaded, she was deserted by her father and neglected by her mother. Out on the street since age 13, Mars works as a stripper. In search for the love she missed as a child, the nightclub employees becomes her surrogate family. Martha, 18, is pregnant. She has lived in over twenty foster homes and institutions.

Goin' to Chicago

Goin' to Chicago chronicles one of the most momentous yet least heralded sagas of American history - the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West after World War II. Four million black people created a dynamic urban culture outside the South, changing America forever.

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