by Michael Blackwood
Introduction by Oskar Hallberg
Thursday 17 November 2022

Empire City (1985), 89min

New York, 1983. Gentrification, some urban history, and the transition from manufacturing to entrepreneurial offices. Many interviewees from different perspectives and lots of street life.
Multiculturalism, immigration, segregation, vulnerability, social mobility, and many musicians and artists swarming by.
Telling examples of protests from theatres to be demolished in the Theatre District to make way for hotels that want to attract theatregoers.
Several parallels can be drawn to today’s Malmö and the beginnings of the waves that swept across many cities in the 1980s, 90s and 00s. And all this to the music of Philip Glass.

Watch trailer here.

Oskar’s Gold Nuggets is an ongoing series of film screenings where our neighbor and cineaste Oskar Hallberg from Cinema Panora presents a film in dialogue with the current exhibition on view.