Big Cities: Colin Boyd Shafer

Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge

This film is about a historic rope bridge found in the Peruvian district of Q'ewe, three hours away from Cusco. Community members have been preserving the cultural heritage of the Q’eswachaka bridge, the last living legacy of Inca architecture, by using ancestral techniques, creativity and solidarity. Through Victoriano Arizapana y Eleuterio Cayo, two Chakaruhak leaders, we see how four communities come together in this region to collect the Q’oya grasses needed to weave the massive ropes used in the renovation of this bridge every year. The annual ceremony takes place over three days, without the use of any modern equipment. Under Arizapan's guidance, dozens of men and women mobilize their mysticism, strenght, intelligence, and solidarity to conserve the Q’eswachaka bridge, which UNESCO named a World Heritage site.

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Heart of the City

The heart of many large cities lies in their historic neighborhoods but across the world, the cultural vitality of these neighborhoods is threatened by the forces of gentrification and aging infrastructure. Hear from the people of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam as they work to improve and preserve their communities.

  • 2020-06-04T19:00:00-07:00
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Bringing Life to Public Spaces

Two groups strive to reinvigorate public spaces amid blocky apartment structures and rigid urban development. An artist collective from Spain travels the globe to create murals that draw life back into dwindling public centers. In Medellin, Colombia, urban gardeners create green spaces that beautify the community and empower its citizens.

  • 2020-06-11T19:00:00-07:00
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Cooperative Housing

People are rethinking housing arrangements in growing cities across the globe. Many are ditching the confines of traditional apartments and opting for communal living. In Seoul, three families band together to build the home of their dreams and the urban support system they’ve never had. On a larger scale, participants in a housing cooperative in Lyon band together to share space and the responsibilities of homeownership in a Vertical Village.

Featuring segments by KBS and QLM.

  • 2020-06-18T19:00:00-07:00
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Immigrant Support Systems

Big cities attract dreamers from all over the world. This episode features the people building communities of inclusion for immigrants.

  • 2020-06-25T19:00:00-07:00
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