In many respects, the 1960s and 1970s are an example for today. Back then there were plenty of initiatives for cohousing, organic food production, less reliance on fossil fuels – no surprise, therefore, that there is so much interest in the radical groups of the period who devised solutions that proved to be decades ahead of their time.
On the programme, films about ‘radical’ initiatives in Belgium and Italy – Life Assembled, Radical Landscapes, Alfabeto Mangiarotti – but also about the rise of the ‘corporate identity’ in architecture in Modernism, Inc., and about Brutalism with Brutal Utopias, Brutal Moods and our Brutalism bicycle tour of Rotterdam. In Dreaming Walls we look at the gentrification of the New York artists’ colony Hotel Chelsea. Another highlight is the screening of The Model Couple uit 1977 from 1977 – about an ‘average couple’ who, as a test case, are locked up for months in a state-of-the-art apartment: a fictional precursor to films like The Truman Show and reality TV show Big Brother.
The amount of waste we produce every day is huge. It’s gradually becoming clear that not only should be throw less away but that we should also see waste as a source of reuse. Rich countries are coming up with all sorts of innovative solutions, while poorer regions of the world lag behind.
AFFR dives into this shocking mountain of trash with a number of amazing films, ranging from a confrontational worldview in Matter out of Place by Nikolaus Geyrhalter to creative reuse in Scrap, No Leftovers No Left Out and Gypsum Concrete.
Seventy-five years after gaining independence, India became the world’s most populated country in 2023. A deeply divided country that has retained a character all of its own despite major challenges.
From the Indian modernism of Doshi in The Promise. Architect BV Doshi and Le Corbusier in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad in The Power of Utopia, to portraits of megacities Mumbai and Delhi Ladies Only and All that Breathes – all at AFFR. For lovers of architecture and Bollywood, there is the Mumbai films itself special, where architect Rohan Shivkumar uses film clips to show how much the city’s image has been influenced by film.