April 23, 2013 · 6:45 PM
23 April (Tuesday), 7 PM: I Have Always Been a Dreamer (Sabine Gruffat, 2012)
I Have Always Been A Dreamer, by filmmaker and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Sabine Gruffat (Art Dept), is an essay film about globalization and urban ecology using the examples of two cities in contrasting states of development: Dubai, UAE and Detroit, U.S.A. Within the context of a boom and bust economy, the film questions the collective ideologies that shape the physical landscape and impact local communities. Though these cities represent two different economic eras (Fordist and Post-Fordist), both cities vividly illustrate the effects of economic monocultures and the arbitrary consequences of geopolitical advantage. The film serves as a visual documentation of these two cities as indexes of political, cultural and economic change while tracing the ways each city’s development is tied to technologies of communication, production, labor, and consumption.
The film's creator, Sabine Gruffat, is a new member of the group and will be there. She writes, "While the film has screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, this will be the NC premiere!"
The movie starts at 7, so let's plan to gather around 6:45.