I Have Always Been A Dreamer

Tuesday, February 24th at 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Downtown Asheville
$5 suggested donation



I Have Always Been A Dreamer (2012, 78 min.)
Dir. Sabine Gruffat

We’re excited to show Sabine Gruffat’s I Have Always Been A Dreamer, an essay film about globalization and urban ecology using Dubai, UAE and Detroit as examples of two cities in contrasting states of development.

The film questions the collective ideologies that shape the physical landscape and impact local communities within the context of a boom and bust economy. Though these cities represent two different economic eras (Fordist and Post-Fordist), both vividly illustrate the effects of economic monocultures and the arbitrary consequences of geopolitical advantage.

Join us for this thought-provoking work examining the fascinating rustbelt city of Detroit – a place of destruction and rebirth beleaguered by a failing industrial-based economy and the megacity of Dubai, a postmodern city in a continual process of being built and consequently shaped by an increasingly service-based economy driven by tourism.

About Sabine Gruffat
Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and filmmaker, and is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Sabine’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Image Forum Festival in Japan, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Migrating Forms in New York. Her feature film I Have Always Been A Dreamer has screened internationally including at the Viennale, MoMA, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. She has also produced digital media works for public spaces as well as interactive installations that have been shown at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, Art In General, Devotion Gallery, PS1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Hudson Franklin in New York. She is currently producing a feature documentary with Bill Brown about the housing crisis in Spain.



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