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Our City Dreams (2008)



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Filmmaker Chiara Clemente profiles five diverse female artists, each of whom calls New York City home, in this intimate documentary. In the late '50s and '60s, Nancy Spero was on the front lines of the feminist movement. Today she creates art that challenges the polemics of warfare and sexual identity. Pioneering performance artist Marina Abramovic, meanwhile, responds to contemporary cultural issued by using her body as a canvas. Glass, plaster, ceramic, bronze, and paper provide Kiki Smith with the appropriate tools to address philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of the human body, and Ghada Amer rails against "institutionalized feminism" by painting erotic canvases with traditional needle and thread. Lastly, emerging New York artist Swoon creates vibrant street art that amplifies the pulse of urban life. Over the course of the two years in which Our City Dreams was shot, each artist faces triumphs and challenges that give the viewer a tantalizing glimpse into the creative process. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Jun 23, 2009
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

Their art, like the film itself, is powerful, daring and makes you think.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Chiara Clemente, a documentarian for Italian TV, gets in close enough to record her subjects' techniques but not close enough to reveal what makes the women tick.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Each of Clemente's subjects is talented enough to support a feature-length documentary of her own.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
AV Club
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Clemente shows she knows a thing or two about filmmaking. As somebody once said: like father, like daughter.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
New York Post
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Our City Dreams is a lyrical documentary about the intersection of location and imagination.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
New York Times
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Like rushed gallery-hopping, Chiara Clemente's doc on five multigenerational, multinational women artists, all living in New York, provides only a cursory view of what's on display.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Village Voice
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