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Real Utopias: Soul City, USA (2016), and Paolo Soleri:Citizen of the Planet (2016)

Real Utopias: Soul City, USA (2016), and Paolo Soleri:Citizen of the Planet (2016)

A CITY OF THE PEOPLE: Film Screening
REAL UTOPIAS:  Soul City ,USA(2016),Paolo Soleri:Citizen of the Planet(2016)

Soul City, USA (2016), 20 minutes, Directors: Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, and Gini Richards

Soul City is a documentary short that tells the story of a group of civil rights activists and city slickers who attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina, in the 1970s. Their pioneering efforts to jumpstart this black-owned, black-built town run up against tenacious enemies that still face idealists and dreamers today: ingrained racism, public skepticism, and unwillingness on the part of the government to think outside the box to solve social problems. As this group of dreamers try to bring together unlikely allies to support black power and economic development, they are forced to balance their soaring idealism with the hostile reality of the times.

Paolo Soleri: Citizen of the Planet (2016), 50 minutes, Directed by Geoffrey Madeja

Paolo Soleri: architect, philosopher, and a citizen of the planet. Fans have gone as far as to compare him to da Vinci and Gandhi, but critics believed him to be an ego-driven eccentric with a failed experiment out in the desert. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri's utopian vision was steadfast: urban sprawl is destroying the planet and the answer is to build mega-structure cities a hundred times the size of the Empire State Building. This film explores the artist, the dreamer, the philosopher, the architect Paolo Soleri as he tried to build his new world filled with futuristic ideas and controversy.

  The ten films in the REAL UTOPIAS series examine past and current experiments in our collective search for freedom, equality, and democracy. The documentaries and film essays investigate alternative ways in which urban living has been, and can be, designed, including calls to non-violence, architects’ futuristic visions, utopian urban experiments of the past, and a post-capitalist, modern-day utopian Europe.