AAFF - THE ARCHITECT AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL 2010 IS HERE!
CREATIVE + INSPIRING
Citizen Architect (2009)
Director: Sam Wainwright Douglas
Producers: Jack "Jay" Sanders & Sarah Ann Mockbee
The architect Samual Mockbee co-founded the Rural Studio, a program that takes students out into rural Alabama to design and build for those poverty-stricken communities. The film follows the building of one man's house from beginning to end as well as re-telling the history of the studio. The footage of these inspiring projects is just as pleasing as the descriptive interviews with students, residents and Mockbee himself.
Koolhaas Houselife (2008)
Director: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
Producer: Francesco Pappalerdo
This film is a wonderful window into the world of the caretaking couple who clean the floors and the windows of a house in Bordeaux designed by world-renown architect, Rem Koolhaas. But the architect is long gone now and this portrait film is voyeurism at its best offering no commentary except scenes of domestic simplicity rendered quirky with a soundtrack to match. It's a well made film that leaves the viewer to draw his own conclusions about modern architecture.
Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight (2008)
Director: Wendy Keys
Producers: Wendy Keys & Edgar B. Howard
For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and the enduring I ? NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser's remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: To Inform And Delight. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.
Of Time and the City (2008)
Director: Terence Davies
Producer: Hurricane Films
'Of Time and the City' is a complete time travel journey. The film blends archival footage wih a reminiscent soundtrack and a narrative that recites the words of great poets and writers. The life of the city of Liverpool and its inhabitants over the last century is delightfully revealed and far from being an account from history books, the film rather evokes the recollections of grandparents'.
Visual Acoustics (2008)
Director: Eric Bricker
Producers: Eric Bricker & Babette Zilch
'Visual Acoustics' elegantly traces the photographer Julius Schulman's path though photography and architecture while also reviewing the man's love affair with Modernism. Beautifully shot, the film takes us back to many of the modernist houses and buildings that Shulman helped to make famous, and recreates the scenes captured in his photographs. Shulman himself is part of this nostalgic journey and so we gain a new depth of field in photography as well as architecture.
9/11: Blueprint for Truth - The Architecture of Destruction (2008)
In this groundbreaking multimedia presentation, filmed professionally in a studio before a live audience, San Francisco Bay Area architect, Richard Gage, AIA, provides the overwhelming evidence of explosive controlled demolition of all 3 WTC high-rise buildings on September 11, 2001. www.ae911truth.org
Building Sea City (2010)
Eighty five miles south of Kuwait City lies a near-barren landscape of sand and silt baking in some of the hottest temperatures on the planet. Little lives or grows here, and few people have ever chosen to live here. Until now.
Coming to the City (2009)
Director: Eva de Breed
Producer: Alex Klippel
How does one make a start in a totally unfamiliar city? Four local correspondents demonstrate what "migrating to the city" means at an individual level. In four of the world's major cities four newcomers are followed from the moment they set foot in the city. They are selected at the bus or train station and filmed for six months while they seek to build new lives.
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2007)
Director: Giovanni Vaz Del Bello
Producer: Maria Terezinha Vaz 52min
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.
Grand Paris: The President and the Architect (2009)
Director: Bregtje van der Haak
Producer: Judith van den Berg
For a year, Tegenlicht filmed the developments surrounding the prestigious project "Grand Paris," following the Dutch architect and participant in the project, Winy Maas (MVRDV). The French president Sarkozy not justs wants to see-as did his predecessors-a prestigious building carrying his name, but he wants to shape the future of Paris in its entirety. What will Paris look like in 20, 30 and even 40 years?
Party Walls (2009)
Director: Pedro Mesquita
Producer: Sandro Araujo
Party Walls is about the story of a neighbourhood that took 30 years to be complete. It grasps several main themes, and presents beautiful shots of a project by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira that gave him recognition in the beginning of his international career. www.muzzak.net
Shanghai World Finance Center, China (2008)
Electric Sky Production
Setting the standard for a new generation of supertall skyscrapers, this Japanese-developed tower, built on Chinese land, also symbolises a new era in relations between the two previously hostile countries after Japan's violent invasion of China in the 1930s.
Torre Mayor, Mexico City (2008)
Electric Sky Production
The strongest building on Earth, Torre Mayor is constructed to withstand earthquakes that would obliterate the average skyscraper. Built in the wake of Mexico City's most devastating earthquake in 1985, this monument to engineering has become a haven of safety in one of the world's most active seismic zones.
BEAUTIFUL + QUIRKY
America Homes (2010)
Director: Bernard Friedman
Producer: Jennifer Jordan Day
A 12 minute art film based on the book American Homes by Lester Walker. The visuals are an animated series of black and white drawings of homes from the book. The director, Bernard Friedman, has compiled amazing interview sound clips from many renowned architects and home builders.
Director: Premjit Ramachandran
Producer: Bijoy Ramachandran
In a career spanning almost 60 years, Balkrishna Doshi's work has in many ways mirrored the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture. This film will not only introduce people to a truly great modern architect, but also to an evolved, cultured human being and will redirect our attention to the truly important questions of our time. http://doshi.100hands.net
The Garden (2008)
Director and Producer: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2009)
Director: Rebecca Levin
Producer: JLO Prod
The purpose of the Global Award For Sustainable Architecture is to honour annually five living architects who move towards sustainability. In 2009 the following five architects won the award and this film features short profiles on each: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne - France; Thomas Herzog - Germany; Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai - India; Diébédo Francis Kéré - Germany/Burkina Faso; Sami Rintala - Norway. www.global-award.org
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2008)
Director: Rebecca Levin
Producer: JLO Prod
The annual awad that honours five living architects who move towards sustainability. In 2008 the following five architects won the award and this film features short profiles on each: Fabrizio Caròla - Italy; Alejandro Aravena, Elemental - Chile; Andrew Freear, Rural Studio - USA; Philippe Samyn - Belgium; Carin Smuts - South Africa. www.global-award.org
Malls 'R Us (2008)
Director: Helene Klodawsky
Producers: Ina Fichman (Instinct Films) and Luc Martin-Gousset (Point du Jour)
Combining nostalgia, dazzling architecture, pop culture, economics and politics, Malls 'R Us examines North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination-the enclosed shopping centre-and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge.
Marina of the Zabbaleen (2008)
Director: Engi Wassef
Producers: Ina Fichman (Instinct Films) and Luc Martin-Gousset (Point du Jour)
Enter the extraordinary world of seven-year-old Marina. Through her magical eyes, you'll be led into the never-before-seen Muqqattam garbage recycling village in Cairo, Egypt. Marina of the Zabbaleen transforms a squalid landfill village into a beautiful, dream-like portrait of family, childhood, and spirituality.
My Playground (2009)
Director & Producer: Kaspar Astrup Schröder
My Playground explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the spaces and buildings they are moving on are changing them.
Kaspar Astrup Schröder set out to closely examine the way that traceurs interact with architecture - honing in on parkour and urban mobilty in modern cities spaces via Team JiYo and the people that determine how the space is shaped within our cities.
The Silent Walls (2010)
Director & Producer: Gabriela Calvache
The Silent Walls is about those who build history behind walls of silence. The workers restoring the seventeenth-century Alabado House surprise and charm us by telling their tales, sharing their dreams and aspirations. As witnesses to these personal stories, we travel into the lives of the "forgotten." It reminds us that history is built by people, the anonymous mass that sweats and toils.
The Battle for Johannesburg (2010)
Director and Producer: Rehad Desai
As the host city of the 2010 Football World Cup, the metropolis has caught the eye of the world, finally captured the imagination of its urban developers, reinvigorated a rather tardy city council and ignited its poor residents. A massive inner city renewal project has been embarked since 2004 to convert Johannesburg into a "World Class African City". However the plan to tame the disorderly, effervescent capital is fraught with obstacles.
The Satyr of Springbok Heights (2009)
Director: Robert Silke
Producers: Robert Silke and Aaron Scheiner
An Art-Deco gem of exquisite proportions, Springbok Heights' curved balconies provide a commanding view of Cape Town's historic Company Gardens and the mountain. Not so exquisite are its notorious residents who do not seem to have much command over themselves, let alone the mythical creature in their midst. Well known among Cape Town intellectuals, architects and journalists, the building, the existence of this particular Satyr, and the residents' unwitting (or not) involvement with the Satyr, is researched, examined and dissected.
A Stadium for Afrca: Soccer City (2010)
Producer: Ian Morgan
The story of our very own iconic stadium illustrating the enormous efforts of the design and construction teams who made it all possible. This film screening will be accompanied by a talk with the stadium architects.
When the Mountain Meets its Shadow (2010)
Directors: Alexander Kleider and Daniela Michel
Producer: Antje Leinberger
Table Mountain rises majestically, casting its shadow onto the poor from the early afternoon onwards.
This creative documentary tells the moving stories of Ashraf, Zoliswa and Arnold, who, each in their own way, fight for survival in the informal settlements around Cape Town. With powerful images and impressive personal stories the film offers a sensitive portrait of a society in transition from apartheid to postmodern capitalism.
THE C&CI MOVING SPACE COMPETITION FILMS
The C&CI Moving Space Competition brings together architecture and film students, and was established to generate new ways of thinking about architecture and the use of concrete in building. In the process, C&CI set out to stimulate an inventive approach to moving image production. Groups of talented students in 2009 and again in 2010 were awarded funding to make a short (6-12min) film each on the topic of our built environment.
Litshe Le Golide
A city forgets nothing. Its every line contains the story of its history.
Litshe le Golide (Concrete from Gold) is an ethnographic music video that describes the story of a concrete metropolis manifested from a mining heritage.
Here Be Me
Church Square, Pretoria, 2009. Through the eyes of an architect and an artist we see the city that could be, a city that grows forth from this context, and extends beyond the physical boundaries.
The film reflects the growth of graffiti and how its existence is based on the existence of walls and concrete.
Hegemony explores the debate surrounding global climate change and the issues of sustainability.
The opposing arguments are represented by two characters who converge on the battlefield of a
What if the City?
What if the city? focuses on the legacy of Apartheid planning and applies the concept of cut-and paste to address Johannesburg's urban design problems.
A Procura de Pancho
Set mainly in Maputo, A Procura de Pancho (Looking for Pancho) is an experimental mix of animation, illustration and live action that follows the journey of a solitary student who has come to the city to explore the vibrant work of architect and artist Pancho Guedes.
One after another, the buildings release organic components of their structure - concrete cogs and wheels, cement spheres and rings float into the heavens and fill the late afternoon sky with a dazzling and fantastical dance...
Time In Concrete
They are a businessman and a homeless man. They move about the city, which is a backdrop and witness - but also part of the design of their beat. As such, the concrete city becomes a third character.
Sometimes Timmy is a giant shadow peering through skyscrapers. Sometimes he is a paper puppet engaging with a sculpture on a pavement. His perspective offers the viewer a new perspective, a new way of looking at the concrete jungle.
Touching Benches is a short experimental film that looks at a day in the life of a "Johannesburger" concrete bench.
No Hands Land
No Hands Land is a social documentary that asks viewers to look at the magnificent structures that shape our built environment - and then consider the role of the construction workers who built them.