20h00: doors open at Hofplein Theater – Benthemplein 13
20h30: Opening AFFR 2018 European premiere of The Experimental City and Q&A with Chad Freidrichs
22.00: drinks and music in the foyer.
The Experimental City (Chad Freidrichs, 2017)
The Experimental City is a stunning documentary about The Minnesota Experimental City. It was the ultimate dream of scientist Athelstan Spilhaus, who published his futuristic predictions in a weekly newspaper comic, inspiring millions of Americans to dream of a new world within their grasp. The plans for the Minnesota Experimental City were developed in the 1960s showing that the growing problems of big cities could be resolved. Air pollution, mobility, waste collection, energy use: the city offered a solution for everything. The film is a fascinating journey through time, filled with attention-grabbing science fiction from the 1960s; 50 years later, it seems more relevant than ever.
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“A fantasia of mid-20th century techno-utopian fervor” – The Atlantic’s city lab
“Even more relevant today than it was in the 1960’s” – NextCity