Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.
In the trailer you meet Aline Cavalcante in Sao Paulo, Brazil, From the same city also urban studies professor Raquel Rolnik and car salesman Nicolas Habib. Over the film we meet local historian and bike acitivist Dan Koeppel in Los Angeles. Joel Ewanick who defends the good souls of the car industry is a former top marketing director for General Motors, Porsche and more. He is now working with hydrogene car solutions in California.
Bikes vs. Cars, a new film project from BANANAS! * and Big Boys Gone Bananas! * director Fredrik Gertten.
It's no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.
The story of how they got there is a mix of great transportation policy, location and chance. You'll learn quite a bit of history in the film, but essentially Groningen decided in the 1970s to enact policies to make it easier to walk and bike, and discourage the use of cars in the city center. By pedestrianizing some streets, building cycle tracks everywhere, and creating a unique transportation circulation pattern that prohibits vehicles from cutting through the city, Groningen actually made the bicycle -- in most cases -- the fastest and most preferred choice of transportation.
It does feel like bicycle nirvana. When I first got off the train in Groningen, I couldn't stop smiling at what I saw around me. In an email exchange with my friend Jonathan Maus from Bike Portland, he described it as being "like a fairy tale." This jibed with my first thought to him -- that I had "entered the game Candyland, but for bikes!" In fact, for our teaser I originally titled this Streetfilm "Groningen: The Bicycle World of Your Dreams," before I talked myself out of it. Although there is a magical quality about being there, in reality there is nothing dreamy or childlike about it. With political will and planning, what they have done should and can be done everywhere.
In our Streetfilm you'll see the 10,000 (!) bicycle parking spaces at the train station, some of the incredible infrastructure that enables cyclists to make their journeys safer and quicker, and you'll hear from many residents we encountered who go by bike just about everywhere they travel. But as one of my interview subjects, Professor Ashworth, wanted me to point out: the three days I was there were bright and sunny, and the hardy people keep up the bicycling through the cold winters. As with many bicycling cities, there area also big problems with cycle theft, and residents are always yearning for more bicycle parking.
I think most of us would trade some of those problems for a city with 50 percent mode share (and up to 60 percent in the city center!!).
Ciò che appare da questo documentario è la grande complicità con gli abitanti del quartiere di cui tratta (lunghi mesi di lavoro veramente partecipato) e l'onestà e chiarezza del messaggio comunicativo. I temi del disagio, dell'isolamento, dell'identità negativa/positiva di gruppi e quartiere si incrociano con squarci di possibilità, opportunità, diritti riconosciuti e/o conquistati, che rappresentano spazi conflittuali o di rapporto con le istituzioni e che fondano la democrazia vera e non quella ideologica.
Da: Incontri sul Margine 2006
Rozzol Melara è un quartiere di Trieste conosciuto per ospitare il complesso residenziale popolare ATER comunemente chiamato anche come "Il quadrilatero", progettato da un nutrito gruppo di professionisti triestini selezionato dall'Ordine degli Architetti e degli Ingegneri, coordinati da Carlo Celli dello studio Celli di Trieste e costruito tra il 1969 e il 1982 sotto le teorie socio-architettoniche di Le Corbusier. Il complesso è formato da due corpi fabbrica a L del volume di 267.000 metri cubi che si estende su una superficie di 89.000 metri quadri e conta 468 appartamenti e circa 2.500 residenti. Nell'intento progettuale l'idea era quella di creare una sorta di "villaggio indipendente" fornito di tutti i bisogni primari (negozi, scuole, ecc.). Le chiavi dei primi appartamenti furono consegnate tra il 1979 e il 1981 soprattutto a coppie giovani. Il quartiere dista 4 km dal centro di Trieste.
This is a film based on the book "Death of the Liberal Class" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges.
It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.
The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.