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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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City Life - My Mother Built This HouseCity Life - My Mother Built This House

Large homeless contingent in South Africa has organized to build houses for each other.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2002 ♦ 27 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
No UmbrellaNo Umbrella
An unblinking look at the 2004 US Election Day failures in one of Ohio's poorest neighborhoods.
Bullfrog Films ♦ 2006 ♦ 26 minutes ♦ 7 - 12, College, Adult
Now We Live on CliftonNow We Live on Clifton

Children talk about their fear of being forced out of their neighborhood by the gentrification.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1974 ♦ 26 minutes
Reinventing the World: CitiesReinventing the World: Cities

Is 'sustainable cities' an oxymoron or can they be made to work?

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2000 ♦ 50 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Santiago Calatrava's TravelsSantiago Calatrava's Travels
Icarus Films ♦ 2004 ♦ 77 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
Save Our Land, Save Our TownsSave Our Land, Save Our Towns
Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.
Bullfrog Films ♦ 2001 ♦ 57 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Stay or Go?Stay or Go?

Who will grow China's food as young people leave the countryside for the cities?

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 29 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adults
Street FightStreet Fight

Tells the gripping story of the race for mayor of Newark, N.J., where elections are won and lost in the streets.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2006 ♦ 82 minutes ♦ 10 - 12, College, Adult
The City Dark (58 minute version)The City Dark (58 minute version)

The definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 58 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
The City Dark (83 minute version)The City Dark (83 minute version)

The definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 83 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult

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