Created in 2016, as a part of the CineBH International Film Festival, the exhibition The City in Movement was a collective action to dialogue with the issues, vibrations and current movements of the city of Belo Horizonte and its metropolitan region, and their expression in artistic and political manifestations. The intent was to create a window to see the productive and creative discourses, increasing their reach. And also a space to be occupied, to reflect and propose directions for the future, from the point of view of those expressing through these manifestations.
In 2016, we tried to exhibit audiovisual compositions that had acted, in their own time, as a contemporary manifest that moves the cities and provokes the relations of power. The criteria chosen for the exhibition in 2016 was to understand what drives this movement, the impulse behind each act. This showing was named CINEMA OF MOVEMENT.
In 2017, we have opened this window to the manifestations that investigate the body, spaces and organization of the agents that drive this movement. We want to understand the urban space as a place of convergence for these discussions, where ideas can provoke reactions and suggest consonants attitudes, with some form of proposition of future and behavior. More than just a look at the emerging social movements of our time, we want to ask "who moves the city?"
In this sense, the choice of works should indicate some coherence, in action and behavior, with the emerging movements in the city, and the discussions they provoke. The choice of multiple approaches has led us to a group of themes that was treated in a myriad of ways ("The Body, The Woman, The City"; "The City in Dispute"; "What Happens Here?"; "Community"; and "Religiousness"). Esthetically, this diversity is also apparent, showing the filmic references that go from the instant digital sharing (in A Tarada do Metrô) to the fictional documentary (José Baleia), going through the auteur essay (Ostentação), just to mention a few. Within this diversity, we can see award-winning and well-known works from known filmmakers, standing besides collective works, produced by groups that want to be seen, or even beginners works. In every case, it becomes apparent the search for a language to base this discourse on, that places it in this filmic universe.
Therefore, nothing more natural, than the wish to share a process of creation, of a work in movement, of a fundamental drive to redesign the city, politically and culturally, should arise. In 10 years of occupying the Santa Teresa overpass, the Duel of MCs - in a larger scale, the Street Family - still causes and stirs the city. It will be a pleasure to share their experience through the feature film, still in progress, O Som Que Vem das Ruas III. It can't be missed.
The way we see it, there is, in the cities, the increasingly abundant and consistent production that is looking for its own ways to produce and be exposed, proposing alternative futures and existences.
Our expectation is that this showing will be a provocation, capable of driving thoughts and questionings, at least, both towards the city, where these works are born and produced, and towards the filmic realm.
GRAZI MEDRADO AND CHICO DE PAULA
Coordinators of the Showing The City in Movement
WHO MOVES THE CITY?
To move people, places and communities. To investigate the field of the audiovisual as a space of convergence of speeches coming from the streets, of struggles, of emerging artists and social movements. To provoke shifts within our own territory: the cinema. Maybe these are the wishes that guide the curatorship and film programme of the showing “Who Moves the City?,” inside the exhibition City in Movement - a window opened, in 2016, by the CineBH International Film Festival to see creative and productive discourses that share themes, formats and ways to contrast, develop and move our city. To show "who moves the city," we need to, at times, decolonize the gaze, to so that new life forms that support the camera or perform for it can evolve, becoming a part of the pulses and vibrations of a segmented and divergent city, but a city that fights back by creating meetings and affections.
In the first edition of this exhibition, it invited a collection of films that questioned the places of power of Belo Horizonte today — focusing on the problems related to the right to housing, and also, making visible the cultural movements that occupies thepublic urban space. Now, in 2017, an appeal was made for any local production that relates to the theme "Who moves the city?". In the first edition the exhibition was composed of invited films, now this window was left open so that the production themselves could occupy it. In a total of 33 films submitted, 16 are a part of the programme, next to 8 invited films.
There will be seven showings, the first one is "The body, the woman, the city" that deals with the structural sexism that permeates our daily life, by inviting the public to discuss this urgent topic. Starting with the short-film "Zé Baleia" that paints a beautiful picture of the city with photography by Fernanda de Sena, and also materializes the heterosexual white machismo of the middle-class of Belo Horizonte. In "A Tarada do metrô," filming a selfie, a woman seduces a man in the capital's subway, contradicting the harassment scenes that women suffer daily in the collective public transportation. Ópio, a video-dance of the Coletivo Ubuntu, brings bodies moving with the city. In Preterir, an invisible question: the loneliness of black women is brought to light from first-person accounts. Not by chance, this showing ends with the video-poem "Nós mulheres r(e)xistimos" that, from the meeting of poets Luiza Romão and Débora Del Guerra, it invites feminists poets from the outcast zone to occupy the screen.
The showing"A cidade em disputa" focuses on questions connected to urban mobility, to circulation of people, real-estate speculation, occupation of public spaces and the right to participate in the city's politics. The short-film "De Magrel” listens to the visual artist Comum, who experiences the city over two wheels. “Pólis” portrays the everyday flows, rhythms and movements of a city that never rests. "Ostentação" translates the struggle of the residents from the neighborhood of São Benedito against the impacts they suffered from the construction of the Administrative City on the MG10 highway. “Mudança de hábito” contrasts the different urban lifestyles, remembering the political manifestations that take the streets in Brazilian cities amid the political crisis we're living. Finally "A cidade que habita em mim" the cultural occupation the Espaço Comum Luiz Estrela - which gives life to an abandoned historical building, and the Movimento Tarifa Zero – that reclaims the public transport, free and of quality, are together in film and in the struggle.
"What happens here?" a common call for the public of the traditional Duel of MCs that takes place under the Santa Tereza overpass for the past 10 years, gives the third showing its name. It goes beyond a homage to this important event of the periphery culture, the showing gazes at other cultural manifestations that happen in the area, as well as the people who take over the center's city as a place to live and work: the street as a way of life. Starting with “Taba” that, in the flowing of the city and of people in movement, opens a historical window to look at graffiti art and tagging, which, even covered by the paint of cultural heritage, still burn brightly in the memory of those who lives or lived in the Santa Tereza overpass. Following it, Duel de MCs Nacional 2016 and Rap Contagem: Mão Única put on stage the hip hop from Minas Gerais in relationto the national rap production. Aparecido resides in the memory of downtown and Pelé is a car lasher and a dancer. Both characters claim the space of the invisible lives that pulse in the streets of Belo Horizonte, which are threatened by city cleansing policies. “Segunda Preta: 1ª temporada” closes the session with a movement of independent black artists who occupy the Teatro Espanca! with scenic experiments, reflections on the artistic craft, and issues that affect them and go through them.
The exhibition has three feature film showings. “Da Lona ao Pai Tomas: A história do Cabana”, told by its first residents , invites the Cabana community to see themselves in the silver screen telling their stories. In “Preto velho na Lagoinha” an important celebration in the Umbanda calendar is filmed from inside a Umbanda yard focusing in the rituals and syncretism of a religion of African origin that struggles with intolerance. “O som que vem das ruas III” – a film still under production — tells the story of the DJs of Belo Horizonte, in a showing that honors the 10 years of the Duel of MCs.
The children have also participated in the exhibition “Who moves the city?”in a showing of short-films produced by Anderson Lima and the Pintando o Set Workshop, offered by Cine Cipó, in the urban occupations of Eliana Silva, Esperança, Rosa Leão and Vitória. The short-film “Dourado,” a fiction that walks through the whimsical Mercado Central, is also a part of this showing.
The collection of film selected and invited in 2017 deals with only a sample of this city in movement. The expectation is that this space, created in 2016, solidifies and gains strength each year, reaching the filmmakers and producers of the periphery and the downtown of this great metropolis, encouraging production and establishing the local cinema's identity. If, on the one hand, the exhibition shows films that openly manifest against the city's problems, exposing the clear desire of social intervention by the use of images; on the other hand, it makes the political-cultural scene that drives Belo Horizonte and its metropolitan area visible through art, celebrations, and the occupation of urban spaces. In this sense, hopefully, this space created by the Cine BH International Film Festival will be a fruitful environment, not only to broadcast and enjoy the images, but especially to connect people and movements that are trying to turn the city and the cinema into living spaces, plural and pulsating.
Curator of the Exhibition The City in Movement