Exploring the concept of modern urban metropolises through the clandestine world of marginal cities and their struggle for equal rights
This film is a collage of stories that explore the concept of the right to the city and the effects of the current paradigm of city building on the processes of urbanization. Land invasions on the outskirts of the city that grow into marginalized neighborhoods struggle to obtain basic services and infrastructure while dealing with increasing violence. Buenos Aires is a city of extreme contrasts. A Parisian-like center filled with European style architecture and culture collides with more marginalized neighborhoods filled with migrants from rural Argentina and neighboring countries. Newspaper and TV from within informal settlements create content aimed at showing the culture and reality of the informal cities and providing a different perspective than the one portrayed by the mainstream media. A democratically elected neighborhood association fights against repressive city government policies. Due to barriers to entering the formal economy, two businessmen in a large informal settlement reveal how the large informal (popular) economy is becoming the standard route to opening new businesses. With the cities of today being increasingly conceptualized and marketed as a product in-of-themselves by governments and private interests rather than social spaces, will a rising social debt undermine the success of cities like Buenos Aires, resulting in class warfare and further economic catastrophies like that of 2001?
Preliminary trailer-Behind the Urban Frontier:
Misunderstood, feared, discriminated against. The villas, favelas, and informal communities around the world are generally considered places of violence and hopelessness, contributing negatively to population growth. Exploring villas in a megacity like Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and others… I have a direct and intimate connection with these clandestine societies and how they work and function. They catalyze significant changes in society and culture through immigration and creation of new culture due to their organic and isolated nature. The idea (in the film) is to experience life inside this "other" society and show that the impact these places have on culture and changes in the cycle of society will make a powerful statement.
Reed Purvis - Director
"BEHIND THE URBAN FRONTIER"
DIRECTOR: Reed Purvis
U.S Executive Producer: Douglas Choi / Mac Turturro
Argentine Executive Producers: Marcelo Susevich / Ezequiel Crupnicoff
Creative research: Miri Fioramonti
Latin America is the most urbanized region in the world. In Argentina, roughly 91% of the population is urban with roughly a third (13 million) of the country's population living on less than 2% of its land in the capital of Buenos Aires. This urban growth is the result of the most massive global migration in history. With many areas of the city literally off the map, the new western frontier towns of today are densely populated villas (informal settlements) that lack basic infrastructure and services and are hidden behind a wall of social segregation and a discriminatory media that associates these informal neighborhoods with violence and crime.
"Those who fight against the Great Migration are fighting against the momentum of history and the most fundamental kinds of economics. To the extent that they deny the migrant rights to the City --to its jobs, property markets, basic urban services, education, and security--they are encouraging the organization of millions into parallel, informal cities and underground economies… Efforts to keep our cities exclusive to an established citizenry or elite may be popular or profitable, but they are doomed to fail. Recent history offers too many examples of rebellions and insurgencies, and even the wholesale collapse of political and economic systems, arising from blind denial of the powerful rise of Homo urbanis."
--Jeb Brugmann, Welcome to the Urban Revolution
Ezequiel Crupnicoff (ARG Executive Producer) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1206631/
With many years of experience in the audiovisual industry, E.C has worked on various projects, some of the most recognized films and TV shows in Argentina's local industry. He was manager of development and production of Patagonik Films (the most important film company in ARG), Production Manager and PampaFilms.
Douglas Choi (U.S Executive Producer)
Douglas is a startup tech attorney living in Buenos Aires for the past five years. Through some of his own experiences in the city as a person of Korean descent familiar with the experience of marginalization and stereotyping, he became very interested in themes of exclusion/inclusion, race relations and the "invisibility" of villa residents in the city. Douglas previously served as Executive Producer for a documentary entitled Great Speeches From a Dying World by award-winning (Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) writer and director Linas Phillips, who spent two years getting to know nine of Seattle's homeless citizens and filmed them preparing and delivering nine of the greatest speeches from history. Douglas is also -- along with a good friend who at the time they met was living in an asentamiento (a homeless encampment) -- a founder and non-participating advisor to an innovative and transformative painting company (www.irispintura.com) created to generate employment for underprivileged and marginalized residents of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.
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There will always be challenges even after securing the funding but having the budget in place will allow us to focus on maximizing our efforts in other areas, specially in post production (sound mix and image conform). If we get the funds in place to complete production, we will be able to finish the film on schedule by the end of this year. Once we complete the film, we will be able to concentrate on presentation and diffusion of the film to spread the phenomenon in different educational and governments centers.
Currently, we are facing the editing and the quality of this step is crucial if all the production funds are not in place for the upcoming next 4 months needed to complete the post production face.
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