Bogota Film Screening Shows CicLAvia Roots

September 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

Next Sunday, Angelenos can get a look at some of the creative minds that made the original ciclovías such an important civic institution in Bogotá, Colombia.

The film Bogotá Change (one of a 4-part series called Cities on Speed) chronicles the terms of Bogotá’s mayors Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa who did phenomenal work to emphasize unconventional solutions to urban problems. Mockus hired mimes to go out into traffic and encourage drivers to be more civil (great footage in Bogotá Change!) Peñalosa was responsible for construction of many many miles of bike paths and BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines (more-or-less similar to L.A.’s Orange Line.) The film touches on ciclovía only briefly, it’s nonetheless an inspiration to see how integrity and creativity can transform cities.

On Sunday September 12th 2010, a free screening of Bogotá Change is being hosted by the folks behind Dr. Pop: Gilda Haas, Rebecca Schoenkopf, and Gary Phillips. Here’s their invitation:

The Fun Theory of Change

Antanas Mockus

Join Dr. Pop for a lively screening of Bogotá Change, the movie that tells the story of how Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa reshaped an entire city through creativity and an incredible commitment to being human.

Sunday, September 12
Bogotá Change film: 4:00 PM
discussion: 5:00 PM
Location: Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. 90036
RSVP via EventBrite

Plan to attend and be part of the discussion. Bogota Change is available to view online – and definitely worth a watch – but also plan to come and discuss next Sunday with the Dr. Pop crowd! Also check out these other excellent short fun Streetfilms documentaries on ciclovías all around the world, including Bogotá.

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