A movie night that links city and film, connected to current themes and events. Every night a film or documentary is shown with an introduction to the film by a guest speaker. The evening is a collaboration between Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR), and Inspiring Cities.

#8 Wednesday March 2, 2016. 20.00 WIJkcoöperatie Noord, ZoHo Rotterdam
Rebel Architecture. Tonight two episodes from the documentary series Rebel Architecture, profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises. Architecture can directly contribute to solve these issues. The series follow architects from around the world, who believe architecture can do more than iconic towers and luxury flats – turning away from elite “starchitecture” to design for the majority. These architects consider their profession to be about more than aesthetics. They are architects who cannot ignore the wider context in which they live, and whose buildings serve as a concrete manifestation of their broader analysis. They are architects who work independently, rarely getting developer backing, but funding projects themselves.
Episodes screening tonight:
– The pedreiro and the master planner (directed by May Abdella)
In Brazil informal builder Ricardo de Oliviera struggles with the government’s plan for the future of Rio’s Rocinha favela. And architect/urbanist Luiz Carlos Toledo has worked on favela urbanisation in Rio de Janeiro long before it became fashionable.
– Guerrilla architect (directed by Ana Naomi de Sousa)
The self-build architect Santiago Cirugeda from Seville has dedicated his career to reclaiming public space in austerity-hit Spain. Can Santiago turn an abandoned factory into a vibrant cultural centre?

#7 Wednesday January 13, 2016. 20.00 WIJkcoöperatie Noord, ZoHo Rotterdam
Makers Movement. The makers-movement creates a new urban culture with the return of production to the urban areas. In Zoho is a concentration of the Rotterdam-makers : independent inventors, designers, craftsmen and artists. They use both traditional and new technologies. During the evening, we look at what the makers-movement means and what they can do for the city. We watch the documentary on the Makers movement in America: about Do-It-Yourself, Old Crafts and New Technologies. What is the movement, what does it mean for society and what impact will it have on the city and how we experience it?

#6 Thursday February 26, 2015. 20.00 ZoHo Cinema Rotterdam
Zürich Special. Zürich is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centers. At the same time it is the place where one of the first fablabs in Europe was situated, where new small enterprises in the field of digital manufacturing are popping up and all kinds of small experimental events occur.
We screen 2 short films tonight: one on the historical development of the city and one about the development of the Zürich West area. Introduction by Peter Troxler.

#5 Thursday November 13, 2014, 20.30 Kriterion Rotterdam
The High Line. On the occasion of the award ceremony of the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize to landscape architect Piet Oudolf, garden designer of the High Line, and as an inspiration for the redevelopment of the Hofbogen near the ZoHo-district, we will screen two films on this project: Diller Scofidio & Renfro: Redesigning The Lincoln Center and the High Line and the short documentary The High Line. The films are introduced by Peter Veenstra of Lola landscape architects.

#4 Thursday October 16, 2014, 20.30 Kriterion Rotterdam
Markthal Special: In the belly of the City – Budapest (Stefano Tealdi, 2013). On the occassion of the opening of the Rotterdam Markhal we screen a documentary about the Central Market Hall of Budapest. The film is introduced by Matthijs de Boer (mdbs stedenbouw, Rotterdam) author of the book ‘Binnen in de stad’ about public interiors.

#3 Thursday September 18, 2014, 20.30 Kriterion Rotterdam
Detroit Special: an evening dedicated to Detroit, with an introduction by urban geographer Brian Doucet and the screening of two films: After the Factory (Philip Lauri, 2012) and Detroit Lives (Thalia Mavros, 2010; with Johnny Knoxville).

#2 Wednesday July 16, 2014, 20.30 Kriterion Rotterdam
Oil Rocks: City above the Sea (Marc Wolfensberger, 2009) with an introduction by Ronald Backers (Port of Rotterdam).

#1 Wednesday June 18, 2014, 20.30 Kriterion Rotterdam
Garbage Dreams (Mai Iskander, 2009) with an introduction by Césare Peeren (Superuse Studios).


Inspiring Films 2014 is made possible thanks to the City of Rotterdam.