This beautiful film by Chiara Clemente was recently screened at the New York Film Forum. In Our City Dreams, Clemente documents the inspirational journey of five women from different generations who have migrated to New York in hopes of fulfilling their dreams as artists. The documentary features Kiki Smith, Swoon, Ghada Amer, Marina Abramovi and Nancy Spero as its five subjects.

“The idea for the film began to form on my return to New York. I had left New York with the eyes of an adolescent and returned with the eyes of an adult - it is a place so familiar yet so mysterious and exciting... This film is inspired by those who have been lured to New York and have stayed for the ride. I respect especially those determined women who have fought their battles and found their voice in a stubborn town. Some of the most significant artists working in New York today are women. It is time that we discover some of these brilliant artists not only through their work, but through an intimate glimpse into their worlds.”

View the trailer here.

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  1. Anonymous February 24, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    How dare you direct people to search for an illegal download of OUR CITY DREAMS. Please remove the reference. As an independent filmmaker, I believe you have to support independent film not destroy it by removing its revenue stream.
    Thank you.

  2. Matthew February 24, 2009 at 3:18 PM


    Your concern is absolutely legitimate. But the reason for the added reference is that many of us do not have access to the film even if we wanted to pay for viewership (this is due to its limited run in the US film festival circuits). I believe that it is a great documentary and even after watching it on the internet I would pay to experience it on the big screen if it ever becomes available here.

    Once again, your concern is legitimate and in turn I have removed the reference from this post. I apologize if this has offended you in any way.


  3. Anonymous February 26, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    re-post the link please...