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UPDATE: I Have Always Been A Dreamer will be screening locally as part of the Ackland Film Forum. Come out to the Varsity Theatre at 123 E. Franklin Street on 23 April 2013 (Tuesday) at 7 pm for an award-winning film essay “about globalization and urban ecology using the examples of two cities in contrasting states of development: Dubai, UAE and Detroit, U.S.A. Within the context of a boom and bust economy, the film questions the collective ideologies that shape the physical landscape and impact local communities. Though these cities represent two different economic eras (Fordist and Post-Fordist), both cities vividly illustrate the effects of economic monocultures and the arbitrary consequences of geopolitical advantage. The film serves as a visual documentation of these two cities as indexes of political, cultural and economic change while tracing the ways each city’s development is tied to technologies of communication, production, labor, and consumption.” The Ackland Film Forum screenings are free to students with valid university of high school id and $4 for all others. More info available here.

Assistant Professor Sabine Gruffat’s film I Have Always Been a Dreamer premiered recently at theWisconsin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Badger Award. Now the film will be screening at multiple locations around the country through the summer months, including:

The Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit on 2 June 2012

The Chicago Underground Film Festival on 3 and 5 June 2012

and The Northwest Film Forum on 10 June 2012

Follow the links for more information!

Sabine’s film also competed in the International main competition DOX:Award representing one of “14 oustanding films that in our view represent the best and brightest in documentary and hybrid filmmaking today.” CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest documentary film festival in Scandinavia. Each year the festival fills the Copenhagen cinemas with a selection of more than 200 films from around the world. CPH:DOX takes place 1-11 November, 2012. “Travelling the old and new versions of the ‘new world’, Sabine Gruffat ultimately places a great question mark behind what is considered as decay and as progress. A cool and laid-back film in the beat tradition from Jim Jarmusch and Robert Frank, but buzzing with ideas and observations of its own.” – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Catalogue).

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