Arrival City

A film about starting over at the end of the line

Wish us luck! We’ve just applied for a development grant from the US National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is Bridging Cultures Through Film – International Topics, and according to the NEH advisor, Arrival City has a very good shot. In addition to our…

Interesting update on the impact of Medellín’s improved transport and public spaces on the city’s character (and seemingly its residents’ optimism), posted by FutureCapeTown in Sustainable Cities Collective. This piece looks at innovation, and includes a link to an earlier article on inclusion. Much –…

“Inclusiveness + innovation” overcoming Medellín’s dark past

Excellent piece on neighbourhoods – rich, middle-income and poor – scattered through New Delhi, and on how government authorities and political parties have both served and used them over time. Will new promises of ‘tenure amnesty’ be kept? Read Jim Yardley’s piece here: Unauthorized Colonies Dot…

Precarious life for residents of New Delhi’s illegal colonies – NYT

As reported by Jeremy Page and Bob Davis in the Wall Street Journal, China has just announced that 51.27% of its 1.35 billion population now live in cities – a total of 690.8 million people. Reaching this point is no surprise, but with 300 million…

China’s move to the city hits tipping point

Like the phenomenon it explores, this documentary has been a long time coming. Author Doug Saunders did the heavy lifting by distilling 10+ years of reportage and adding new stories to create his award-winning book on the final rural-to-urban migration. Arrival City is a highly readable mix of personal…

A note from the trenches

  March 31, 2013: OK, getting a little itchy. Just 1 or 2 minor tweaks left and we’ll release the first demo – a 1:15 teaser that will be our ‘calling card’ – THIS TUESDAY! Have watched it, oh, a few times now … Right.…

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A Vivid new documentary on the people and places shaping our future 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”…

ARRIVAL CITY: Starting out at the end of the line