In the next decades, more than two billion rural people will gather their scant possessions and gamble their lives on a move to the city. Official response to the ragged communities – the “Arrival Cities” – where they cluster can mean the difference between riches and riots.
The consequences aren’t just local. The last surge anywhere near this scale spawned revolutions of all kinds around the world. This final migration could have as much impact… at an accelerated rate.
The people in Arrival Cities want to succeed, and governments want their cities to function. So why do some Arrival Cities fail and others thrive? Can their fortunes be changed? These are the questions Arrival City will ask, and try to answer.
Like the phenomenon it explores, this documentary has been a long time coming. Author Doug Saunders distilled 10+ years of reportage and new stories for his award-winning book on the final rural-to-urban migration. Arrival City is a highly readable mix of personal stories and solid research, and moments after I opened it, I could see it.
It took me a bit longer – and some ribbing about reconciling my ‘grown-up’ urbanist career with my addiction to travel and production (producing for The Amazing Race doesn’t cut it with policy wonks, surprisingly) – to contact Doug and get the ball rolling.
At this point, I think we’re in great shape. SCETV has signed on as lead broadcast partner, we have seed money committed by generous and forward-thinking companies, and a lot of healthy interest from foundations and corporations.
If you’d like to be a part of this eye-opening global project, personally or through your company or foundation, please drop us a line.
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Lisa Taylor, Producer