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"Resilient Cities" is a five-part documentary series that uncovers thriving underground arts scenes in cities that have experienced major traumas: natural disasters, long-term war, political unrest or economic meltdown. Featuring five creatively unique cities -- Beirut, Lebanon; Kiev, Ukraine; Athens, Greece; Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Medellin, Columbia -- each episode features local artists who are determined to create art as a means of political protest, to create change or to display courage.

Created from the perspective of filmmakers, writers, and musicians who live in these troubled and sometimes war-torn cities, art provides a glimpse into these less explored and embattled parts of the world. Resilient Cities shows that something beautiful and vibrant can continue to flourish against all odds.

Friday 10:30 PM et/pt on Pivot
1 Season, 15 Episodes
February 26, 2016
Documentary & Biography, History, Travel
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Resilient Cities Full Episode Guide

  • In Warsaw, artists are rising and denouncing the excesses of the new nationalist government.

  • In Karachi, artists create in the midst of a growing and dangerous fundamentalism.

  • In one of the richest cities in the US, beset by a high murder rate, artists are fighting segregation.

  • In the vibrant metropolis of Nairobi, artists are disrupting the stagnation of the ruling elites.

  • In a Jakarta beset by a wave of religious and moral conservatism, artists are at the forefront of a fight against threats to personal freedom.

  • In Manila, artists insist on creating in spite of a new climate of fear in the country.

  • In post-revolution Havana, despite a recent opening up of the island, artists struggle to get their work out.

  • In Africa's largest city, characterized by extreme social divides, artists are bringing controversial debates into public life.

  • In a volatile, divided city in the heart of the Middle East, artists are fighting for their own truth and trying to keep their creative energy alive.

  • In a city under an authoritarian regime, where political activism can lead to imprisonment, a few brave artists are challenging the oppressive power structure.

  • In Columbia's city of Medellin, once considered the most dangerous place in the world; a rapper, a musician, a filmmaker and an urban planner take us on a tour of their city currently experiencing a cultural renaissance.

  • In the wake of a devastating earthquake, the sounds of creativity reverberate throughout the streets of Port-au-Prince.

  • Art as solace in an Athens on the verge of economic collapse.

  • In a city on the divide between Russia and Europe, the art of protest stands against war and corruption.

  • In a city under pressure, where conflict can break out at any moment, a new generation of artists are rising above Beirut's bullet-holed past.

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