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The Urban Studies Collection

A collection of over 40 films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges.

By 2050, 7 out of every 10 people will live in a city — some 6.4 billion people according to the World Health Organization. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION assembles over 40 essential films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges. Filmmakers from around the world look at cities on every continent, providing a truly global perspective on urban life. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION explores the key issues facing city-dwellers, including living space, livability, sustainability, crime, gentrification, politics, finance, sprawl, and the urban ecosystem.

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Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations

A journey through innovative, futuristic, utopian and sometimes bizarre architecture projects.

Icarus Films ♦ 2007 ♦ 52 minutes ♦ 7-9, 10-12, College, Adult
HSA Hospital Strike '75HSA Hospital Strike '75

A document of the eighteen-day strike by interns and residents at Chicago's only public hospital.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1975 ♦ 20 minutes
Inquiring Nuns - Part IInquiring Nuns - Part I

Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1968 ♦ 33 minutes
Inquiring Nuns - Part IIInquiring Nuns - Part II

Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1968 ♦ 33 minutes
Lagos / KoolhaasLagos / Koolhaas
Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City explore Lagos, Nigeria, interpreting the chaotic city in an innovative, surprising way.
Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 55 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Living With The PastLiving With The Past
Cairo is one of the few medieval cities in the world that remains relatively intact. This a portrait of Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood in the old city now facing a process of radical change.
Icarus Films ♦ 2001 ♦ 56 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Lost RiversLost Rivers

Explore the growing movement and innovative projects around the world to uncover once-buried urban waterways.

Icarus Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 72 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
Malls R UsMalls R Us

From impressive architectural projects to economic, environmental and social concerns, everything about shopping malls, and more.

Icarus Films ♦ 2009 ♦ 78 minutes ♦ 8-12, College, Adult
Metal and MelancholyMetal and Melancholy
Roving the city of Lima, Peru, Heddy Honigmann meets teachers, actors, professionals, civil servants and many others who have turned to taxi driving to earn enough to get by.
Icarus Films ♦ 2007 ♦ 80 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Moi, Un NoirMoi, Un Noir

In this landmark documentary, Jean Rouch collaborates with his subjects to produce a complex portrait of Nigerien migrants in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 70 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT

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