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Slums: Cities of Tomorrow

OT: Bidonville: architectures de la ville future

Jean-Nicolas Orhon // Canada, 2013
Documentary Feature // FF2014
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Documentary Billions of people all over the world live in high-rise estates and slums. In the public perception, these are associated with appalling living conditions, high crime rates and a lack of clean drinking water. But could slums not be a problem for overpopulated cities, but in fact a solution? The film visits informal settlements in India, Morocco, France, New Jersey and Québec and shows the adaptability and ingenuity of people who build their makeshift accommodation according to their needs. What was hitherto seen as inhuman acquires a new perspective: precarious provisional housing as an example for a community based on cooperation and social mobility.


Jean-Nicolas Orhon studied film and anthropology and works as a screenplay author and director. His work includes Les nuits de la poésie (2012), a documentary about poets in Québec from 1970 to the present.



Bidonville: architectures de la ville future

Documentary Feature

Arabic, English, French, Hindi

Drei Farben Grün//FF2014



81 min

OV with English subtitles

Jean-Nicolas Orhon

Jean-Nicolas Orhon

Christine Falco

Vincent Chimisso

Hubert Hayaud

Simon Bellefleur

Les Films du 3 Mars

Camera Oscura Films

Clotilde Vatrinet, Les Films du 3 Mars: coordination@f3m.ca

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