Living in the City (Vivre en Ville) is a new series of one-hours from Montreal-based Macumba International chroncling life in nine of the fastest growing cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Three episodes were filmed last year and another six are in production or pre-production.
Living deals with an important development issue as impoverished inhabitants of rural communities move en masse to major urban centers. The United Nations estimates 60 million people a year leave rural areas for cities, and more than half the world’s population will be living in urban centers by the turn of the century.
The Macumba team has travelled, or will in the months ahead, to Port au Prince, Lima, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Beirut, Bombay, Bangkok and Istanbul, each time looking at life through the eyes of everyday working people there.
In the collapsed city of Port au Prince, the crew followed Chrysler Dautruche, a man who owns a small truck and delivers water to places where no water is available. In Johannesburg, the focus is on black families who have purchased new homes in once-restricted areas, while the Bombay episode enters a world of pride and hope, shantytowns and numbing poverty. Two episodes deal with Sao Paulo and youth fighting racism, while one from Beirut looks at reconstruction efforts and attempts at building ties between once-warring communities.
The CDN$1.3 million series has been licensed by Quebec pubcaster Tele-Quebec, who has a new programming director Mario Clement, with funding from Telefilm Canada, the federal CTCPF fund and a Quebec production tax-credit program. Exporter Multimedia Group of Canada reports post-mipcom interest from various markets including France, Scandinavia and Western Canada.
Two-year-old Macumba was founded by former members of Radio-Quebec’s award-winning Nord-Sud reporting team, and include director Robert Cornellier, journalist Raymonde Provencher, director Patricio Henriquez and production coordinator Jacqueline Ascah.
In this report:
-Spotlight on Seventh Art
-The Sins of their fathers
-Bright Lights, Big City
-Mothercorp and Itel go long