Embassy of the United States of America to Belgium

‘Meet the Director: Frederick Wiseman - Screening Boston City Hall’

10 Oct.'21
- 14:00

The film screening will be followed by an online discussion between Frederick Wiseman (director), and Gerard-Jan Claens (Sabzian) from 7.20 pm until 8.00 pm.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman delivers an epic look at Boston’s city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more. In this wide-ranging tapestry of Boston city services, the main figure is Mayor Marty Walsh, filmed from fall 2018 into winter 2019. The son of Irish immigrants, Walsh rose from construction work to union leadership to Democratic politics. In the summer of 2020, US cities experienced a massive outcry over racial inequity. Watching this city portrait filmed one year earlier, we see those passions rising as citizens repeatedly call for accountability. While street protests never lack for attention, Wiseman has trained his camera on machinations of democracy that we rarely get to see.

Frederick Wiseman (b. 1930) is an American filmmaker born in Boston. For close to fifty years, thanks to the Public Broadcast Service (PBS), he has created an exceptional body of work consisting of thirty full length films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions. He has received multiple honours, including the Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships. In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Oscar.

The special screening of Boston City Hall at Bozar on 10 October will be followed by a programme of ten films by Frederick Wiseman, shot between 1967 and 2018, shown at the Cinematek from 13 October to 5 November, and a discussion with the American filmmaker at the Cinema Galeries on 15 October, initiated and organised by the film festival En ville!



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Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


  • English
  • Subtitles: English



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