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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Urban Solutions

Arne HECTOR, Minze TUMMESCHEIT, Luciana MAZETO, Vinícius LOPES

  • Germany
  • 2022
  • 29min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

AP

Synopsis

During the colonial period, a European artist travels through Brazil and reports his impressions. 200 years later, a doorman stares at the images of the surveillance cameras and reflects on his job. Everything seems to be in its place. Until the images of the European artist emerge and with them the nightmares of the past. Is it just a nightmare, or is it a call?

Review

According to the directors, the title Urban Solutions is derived from the name of a security company in Brazil, and the name is a/capital promise to the growing threat of deepening social inequality. Its promise is to create and maintain boundaries that protect the property of the established powers from the chaos of the streets. Security guards, as workers who keep these boundaries, stand in a contradictory position to protect themselves against the oppressive social relations in which they are placed. The cinematic effort to experiment with the travelogues of a bourgeois artist tired of traveling to the jungles of South America during the colonial period, the narration that juxtaposes the social insight of modern security workers, and the play that disturbs the compartmentalized place in the hierarchy, overturns the dominant Urban Solutions, neutralizes the borders, and restores chaos—and this is yet another suggestion of urban solution.

Director

  • Arne HECTOR

    Arne Hector have been working under the name cinéma copains since 2000. His experimental documentary works reflect on social and economic issues. Based on interdisciplinary artistic research, their works transcend classical genre boundaries. ​ 

  • Minze TUMMESCHEIT

    Minze Tummescheit have been working under the name cinéma copains since 2000. His experimental documentary works reflect on social and economic issues. Based on interdisciplinary artistic research, their works transcend classical genre boundaries.

  • Luciana MAZETO

    Luciana Mazeto is co-founders of the southern Brazilian production company pátio vazio. His work in short and feature films is mainly focused on historical and social research, mixing fictional narratives and documentary essays. ​ 

  • Vinícius LOPES

    Vinícius Lopes is co-founders of the southern Brazilian production company pátio vazio. His work in short and feature films is mainly focused on historical and social research, mixing fictional narratives and documentary essays. ​ 

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