In the next decades, more than two billion rural people will gather their scant possessions and gamble their lives on a move to the city. Official response to the ragged communities – the “Arrival Cities” – where they cluster can mean the difference between riches and riots.
The consequences aren’t just local. The last surge anywhere near this scale spawned revolutions of all kinds around the world. This final migration could have as much impact… at an accelerated rate.
The people in Arrival Cities want to succeed, and governments want their cities to function. So why do some Arrival Cities fail and others thrive? Can their fortunes be changed? These are the questions Arrival City will ask, and try to answer.
We call them slums, favelas, barrios – dirty, chaotic, dangerous, they look like the end of the line. But are they? People pouring in from the countryside don’t see it that way. These chaotic communities are where they come to start a life, or at least to build a better one for their children.
This is their story. And it’s a story that will affect us all.
“Arrival City”, a 60-minute film based on the internationally acclaimed book by Doug Saunders, turns the idea of the dead-end slum on its head. At ground level, we meet Arrival City newcomers struggling to break into the core city – and the middle class. At the citywide level, we see officials struggling to manage the unmanageable, keeping arrival cities from collapsing, or from bleeding into the rest of the metropolis. At the global level, we hear how our connectedness delivers innovations, pandemics, and political movements from the arrival city right to your front door.
April 5, 2013: And the first teaser is up! Check it out on Vimeo and let us know what you think.
March 25, 2013: Nearly there… Rough cut of the first teaser is in the works, as is a ‘proper’ website. Huge thanks to all of those who contributed time and skills to filming our shoestring demo!
Feb 26, 2013: Booked it! Off to shoot our demo in Montreal (a historic immigration success story, and a location that won’t break our infant bank…) and an interview with author Doug Saunders. Clips to follow in March, demo by April.
Feb 19, 2013: First seed money (yay!) and our first Canadian broadcast license! Hello tax credits…
Feb 8, 2013: A little over a month into the project, SCETV / PBS, the American public network, commits to airing Arrival City – we have our first broadcaster!
Come visit our full website at http://www.arrivalcity.com for video clips, news on broadcasters and funding, production updates and release dates, and for public- and policymaker events in your region.
“Arrival City presents an optimistic and humane view of global urbanization. Let’s hope urban planners and politicians pay attention.” – The Wall Street Journal
“A game changer… Mightily researched, lofty and humane, Arrival City is packed with salient detail and could hardly be more timely.” – New York Times
“…a badly needed progressive and optimistic narrative about our future… Few books can make rationalists feel optimistic and empowered for the future. [Arrival City] does.” – The Guardian
“Arrival City asks that we take a closer look at urbanization before its mismanagement is further mistaken for the thing itself, and to recognize that a citified future is not necessarily a doomed one.” – NPR
“Saunders’s approach is through anecdotes and vignettes, but…they cumulate into a persuasive whole…Saunders’s practical suggestions for helping immigrants…are sure to attract attention.” – Financial Times
“A broadly researched, passionate and portentous call for a new way to look at the experience of migrants. It is essential reading…for all who look at the future of cities with a mix of hope and fear.” – Winnipeg Free Press