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Apr 19 2020 Film /

ADFF:ONLINE | City Dreamers

8:00 pm ET + Q&A w/ Joseph Hillel - The program will be repeated at 8:00 pm PT


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Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Denise Scott Brown – four trailblazers who became accustomed to being the only woman in the room. Each has an extensive list of accomplishments in architecture, planning and landscape architecture dating back 60+ years and has taught, mentored and inspired generations of professionals. How have they envisioned our cities?

Through original interviews, archival material and stunning cinematography, documentary filmmaker Joseph Hillel uncovers how each of these strong, independent thinkers has shaped the cities we live and work in. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the insights of these forward-looking women who have built social and environmental values into their work seem more relevant now than ever.



Joseph Hillel

Joseph Hillel now lives in Montreal. He wrote, produced and co-directed his first documentary, Regular or Super, Views on Mies van der Rohe, in 2004. This film on the famous architect won the Award for Best Canadian Film at the 22nd FIFA, Best Photography Prize at the Roma Art Doc Fest, and Special Mention at the Docùpolis International Documentary Festival in Barcelona. In 2009, his second documentary on photography, Karsh Is History, once again received the Award for Best Canadian Film at the 27th FIFA. His previous film on Haitian culture, Ayiti Toma, was released in Quebec in the spring of 2014 and has toured international festivals in such cities as Hamburg, Trieste, Boston, Paris, Guadalajara, New York and Montreal.

Formerly the head of the production house Qu4tre par Quatre Films, he has also produced various short and feature-length films, including La moitié gauche du frigo (The Left Half Side of the Fridge) by Philippe Falardeau, Un crabe dans la tête (Soft Shell Man) by André Turpin, and the documentary Beckett’s Prisoners by Michka Saäl.