Thursday 23 June


AAFF2016 Introduction

City Futures (2015)

Directors: Lone Poulsen, Pedro Buccellato, Kyle Ferguson

60 minutes; Track 3

South African City Futures: Visualising the Futures of our Neighbourhoods” is a project that aims to encourage South African cities and their constituent neighbourhoods to start thinking differently about their future. The intention was to implement an innovative project that is part research and part radical co-creation, which combines the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods to 2030.


Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form (2013)

Director: Aimee Madsen

80 minutes; Track 1

Beyond Form is a cinéma vérité style documentary that presents a fresh and intimate look at the legendary and multi-talented artist, philosopher, urban theorist and architect Paolo Soleri – a man who had a dream to create an environment in harmony with man. Soleri is the most interesting architect you’ve never heard of.

Friday 24 June



Calle 17 con 7A Esquina (2016)

Director: Céline Billard

29 minutes; Track 3

This documentary tells the story of the old Building Club Rialto de Pereira and its importance for the city.

Habitat (2014)

Director: Emiliano Dante

56 minutes; Track 2

Habitat is a movie about relationships over time; relationships between people, and between people and places. In post-earthquake rubble, the past is further away, more visible and more useless. And among the C.A.S.E. settlements, prefabricated housing that is already falling apart, constructed in the middle of nothing, the present is more present: it has no yesterday and it has no tomorrow.


Excuse me while I disappear (2014)

Director: Michael MacGarry

20 minutes; Track 2

The film was shot in Kilamba Kiaxi, a new city built outside Luanda, Angola. The city was built by Chinese construction company, CITIC, and financed by Hong Kong-based China International Fund. The new city is to be home to more than 210 000 people, and is the single largest investment project by China in Africa.

A Place to call Home (2015)

Director: Briar March

80 minutes; Track 2

By narrating the story of the privatization of state housing in New Zealand through the eyes of two Māori women involved in opposing housing projects, A Place To Call Home examines the new global trend in which social housing is run by private trusts and interest groups who care for specific subgroups within a community.


Vele Secondary School: School as a Community Hub (2015)

East Coast Architects

9 minutes; Track 3

A new secondary school built with local skills and materials and using innovative technologies is a vibrant hub at the centre of a remote rural community.

The Infinite Happiness

Directors: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

85 minutes;  Track 1

Conceived as a personal video diary, the film takes us to the heart of one of the contemporary housing development considered to be a new model of success. Inhabiting the giant “8 House” built by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels in the suburbs of Copenhagen, Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine recount their subjective experience of living inside this experiment of vertical village, elected in 2011 “World best residential building”. As a Lego game, the film builds up a collection of life stories all interconnected by their personal relation to the building. The film draws the lines of a human map which allows the viewer to discover the building through an inner and intimate point of view; and questions the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness showing the surprising results of this new type of social model of the 21st century.

Please note that this film replaces "Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker" whose producer/director suffered a tragic car accident shortly before delivering the film to the AAFF. This film will be screened at the next AAFF edition.


Chronicle of the Demolition (2015)

Director: Arthur Manhães

90 minutes; Track 1

At the heart of Rio de Janeiro's downtown is an empty square with a dry fountain and an underground parking. This was once the location of the Monroe Palace that housed the Senate and was mysteriously demolished forty years ago. A history of sabers and lions, the military and architects, past and future.

Saturday 25 June



Panel Discussion: Shaping the future, theme and direction of an African Architectural Awards Program

*Venue*: Saint-Gobain GAP Urban Lounge, MOAD (Museum of African Design), 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

Panel members:

Urko Sánchez; Mphethi Morojele; Luis Urbano; Doreen Adengo; Issa Diabaté; Thomas Chapman; Lesley Lokko.


Utopian Tirana (2012)

Director: Ajmona Hoxha. Elis Vathi , Klodiana Millona

3.40 minutes; Track 1

This experimental work examines the Tirana (Albania) urban context, trying to sketch a critical point of view arising out of the current urban crisis. The intention is to stimulate an experience of participating and feeling responsible for developments happening in the city today.

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2011)

Director: Imre Azem

88 minutes; Track 2

Ecological limits have been surpassed. Economic limits have been surpassed. Population limits have been surpassed. Social cohesion has been lost. In Istanbul, lacking a tradition of principled planning, the adopted neoliberal approach put financial gain ahead of people’s needs; everyone fought to get a piece of the loot. The result is a mega-shantytown of 15 million struggling with a mesh of life-threatening problems.


Makoko. Futures Afloat.

Director: Femi Odugbemi

29 minutes; Track 3

In the heart of Nigeria’s fastest growing city, Lagos, two worlds constantly live out the irony of economic realities. Divided by the popular third mainland bridge, the bustling economic part of the city stands adjacent to MAKOKO – a sprawling fishing community, floating on the waste of the city. Neglected by the government, MAKOKO strives for a place in the fortune and future of the city, by the effort of individuals who focus on educating children who otherwise would not have had any opportunity for formal education.

Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist (2016)

Director: Mahera Omar

60 minutes; Track 3

An intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman, and her remarkable work for Karachi’s poor. Rahman had an alternate vision for the development of Karachi, and dedicated her life to the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. “Development doesn’t come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development.”


AAFF2016 Architecture+Film Panel Discussion:

Invited Director:  Luis Urbano.

Sizígia (2012)

Director: Luis Urbano

18 minutes; Track 1

While waiting for the opening of the bathing season, a zealous worker prepares the Leça Tides Swimming Pool, designed by Alvaro Siza in 1961, for the arrival of vacationers.

Guest: Luis Urbano, Director


La Maddalena (2014)

Directors: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine 
12 minutes; Track 2
The island of La Maddalena was supposed to host the G8 summit in July 2009 but on April 23 2009, the Prime Minister at the time, Silvio Berlusconi, decided to move the event to Aquila, a city that had just been destroyed by an earthquake. The brand-new complex of the former Arsenal on the island planned by Sefano Boeri to host the event was slowly abandoned. A court inquest followed which revealed illegal management practices involving corruption, fraud against the state and environmental pollution. The film is conceived as an introspective wandering of the architect Stefano Boeri going through the abandoned spaces. 

Detropia (2012)

Director: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

91 minutes; Track 2

Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century – the migration of African Americans escaping the Jim Crow laws; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos.

Sunday 26 June



The Arcades Project 2.0 (2015)

Keeping the City in Line? (2015)

Director: Thomas Aquilina & Alex Lyons

9 minutes and 9 minutes; Track 1

These two short films portray the dominant downtown arcade buildings in Kampala, and the partially disused railway line in this city respectively. Through this research, these two sites – arcade buildings and railway line – situated across the city from each other but interdependently linked, were identified as fundamental to urban life. Moreover, the parallels between these spaces of the Kampala landscape will, it is anticipated, become important in understanding how to propose new architecture in the city.

City of Work (La Ciudad del Trabajo) (2015)

Director: Guillermo G. Peydró

61 minutes; Track 1

Gijon’s Labor University is the ultimate example of monumental architecture during the Franco autarchy in Spain (1939-1959). A boarding school for a thousand children, this socio-educational laboratory enacted the aspired future shape of the country's imposed "New Order". Through fragments of films from the two first decades of dictatorship, this film essays complementary ways to reveal the implications of this building-city, its ambiguous position between utopia and dystopia, and its unique architecture.


Fictions: en route City (2016)

Director: Kgao Mashego

4.15 minutes; Track 1

Fiction is a dimension of the mind that materializes the conscience of what we know and do not. This project is the bringing together of all the frontiers, the principles that make up an individual, his or her relationship with other(s), within a collection in scale and impact, and the conventions and languages by which they can co-exist. In this frontier, Johannesburg is a fictional character and setting within and outside her own ends – history, present, future – a “city en-route”.

Roger D'Astous (2016)

Director: Etienne Desrosiers

104 minutes; Track 1

Roger D'Astous is one of the most important Canadian architects of the twentieth century. A Frank Lloyd Wright student, he worked all his life to define Canadian Nordic architecture. This flamboyant rebel artist once was a Canadian architecture superstar, and then tragically fell into disgrace before being reborn at the dusk of the century. The film presents never seen before projects of Roger D'Astous.


Puente de Emergencia (2014)

Director: Federico Cairoli

2.50 minutes; Track 3

The short video shows the emergency bridge in the Chacarita neighborhood in the city of Asunción (Paraguay), built by the collective Aqua Alta to immediately bring relief to a community affected by continuous flooding.

Centro de Desarrollo Comunitario (2015)

Director: Federico Cairoli

3 minutes; Track 3

A brief visual portrait of the Community Development Center under the plan "Techo", built by OCA (Community Bureau of Architecture) and Bonini Architects, in Luque, Paraguay.

Comuna Yerbas del Paraíso (2014)

Director: Federico Cairoli

3.18 minutes; Track 3

Comuna Yerbas del Paraíso, located in Puerto Paraíso, in the province of Misiones is a hostel, meditation and training center, designed by the architecture studio IR.

Flies (2015)

Director: Michael MacGarry

10 minutes; Track 2

Set in Pretoria, South Africa in 1995, the film concerns an elderly Afrikaans former-civil servant (municipal architect) whom – years after the death of his family in an accident – is the sole inhabitant of a large, derelict downtown apartment complex he once designed. When he accidentally witnesses a political assassination, he is forced into a violent confrontation with modernity, and is ultimately killed by his own building.

The Block (2016)

Director: Maria Șalaru

60 minutes; Track 3

From neighbourly disputes over garlic-heavy cooking to memories of Ceaușescu’s heatless winters, this film explores the rich social and material universe of a Romanian apartment building. It follows the story of the block’s administrator, in his effort to mediate relationships between neighbours and maintain peace and order. The block comes to life, as its inhabitants constantly reshape it to defy the passing of time, while its failing infrastructure encroaches on their neighbourly relations.


Or du temps (Gold of time) (2015)

Director: Barbara Schröder

14 minutes; Track 1

A contemporary glass library faces a roman temple. They are separated by 2000 years, a blink of an eye. Inside, space and time slightly tend to float.

Metro (2015)

Director: Nadine Gomez

17.21 minutes; Track 1

A beautiful visual portrait of a generic metro station in Quebec: a non-place, as defined by Marc Augé, where lives meet, cross and re-define the meaning of space.

Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2015)

Director: François Combin

68 minutes; Track 1

Echoing his exhibition in the Château de Versailles, artist Xavier Veilhan opens the doors of seven modernist houses, from California to Europe. Exploring the creative process, the artist appropriates the architecture and revives these iconic houses, thus offering a new and ultra-contemporary vision of modernism.


The Regenerates (2015)

Director: Phlogiston Creative Industries

46 minutes; Track 1

This documentary features thought leaders in regeneration from around the world. Practitioners of Regenerative Design review key concepts, including living systems cultivation, placemaking, and the paradigm shift toward humans as positive actors on the ecological and social stage.

AAFF2016 Public Nomination for Best Film, and Closing.

Please note:
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all screenings and talks will be held at The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

  • Pre-booking is advised.

  • The AAFF2016 programme is subject to change without notice.