50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning. Filmmaker Andreas M. Dalsgaard examines Gehl’s philosophy and practice in the stunningly photographed documentary The Human Scale, this month’s Conscientious Projector offering, screening on Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts.
Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban design. He and his team bring real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and car-centric urbanism. Dalsgaard’s film takes us around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists are transforming such cities as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.
A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
When news of the refugee exodus from the civil war in Syria first emerged, local filmmaker Elias Matar felt compelled to help. So in September of last year, he joined other international volunteers in assisting the refugees on their treacherous journey north. As a Syrian-American born in California, and having spent 15 years living in Syria, Elias felt a personal connection to the refugees, and was committed to documenting their remarkable stories of survival and determination. The result of this labor of love is the documentary Flight of the Refugees, which Conscientious Projector will screen on Thursday, February 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Matar’s dramatic, emotionally moving account stands in striking counterpoint to the pernicious political meme that all Syrian refugees must be refused entry to the United States to protect Americans against terrorism. On the contrary, the film presents a vivid case that they should be welcomed with compassion.
Filmmaker Elias Matar joins us for a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.