EKÜMENOPOLIS: the struggle for the right to the city in full effect
This is the trailer for the 2-hour documentary Ekümenopolis. The film magnificently shows the power dynamics within the city of Istanbul. Because the city - former Constantinople - does not have a tradition of strict urban planning, neoliberal forces are shaping the city, creating chaos, pushing out the less-affluent population and destroying ecosystems. It is hard to suppress feelings of sadness, powerlessness and anger when seeing how a city is virtually being destroyed by capitalism.
Not just the comprehensive approach of the subject is impressive. The visuals are amazing as well, which are the result of great camerawork and beautiful animations. If you want to see a good film about how cities work, urban politics, capitalism, the city as a growth machine, and the struggle for the right to the city, this is your number one 2012 recommendation.