Together with the Centre for Urban Studies (University of Amsterdam), Pakhuis de Zwijger presents the 12th edition of Urban Movies, screening: Smart City. In search of the Smart Citizen.
This edition of Urban Movies will feature the documentary Smart City. In search of the Smart Citizen by filmmaker Sara Blom and researcher Dorien Zandbergen. The documentary explores the ambition by several networks to turn Amsterdam into a Smart City: a city in which smart technologies create a sustainable, safe and comfortable environment and enable citizens to have more control over their surroundings. Blom and Zandbergen explore the connection between this dream against the dilemmas posed by the urban society of Amsterdam. The film contrasts the digital lifeworlds of different social networks: from public-private organizations wanting to brand Amsterdam internationally as a Smart City, to citizens wanting to measure the air quality around their homes, to citizens who are uncomfortable with digital machines. By zooming in on these contrasts, but foremost by emphasizing the shared experiences between these networks, the film calls for a broad discussion regarding power and disempowerment in the digital society.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with the following speakers (in Dutch):
This edition of Urban Movies will be followed by a discussion in Dutch. The documentary will have English subtitles.
Smart City. In search of the Smart Citizen has been made possible by the Creative Industries Fund and the Democracy and Media Foundation.