Cities on Speed: Bogota Change

Fifty percent of the world’s population is now living in urban areas. By 2050, this figure is expected to increase to 80 percent. The result will be an explosion of huge megacities posing serious local and global challenges. Bogotá Change is the story of two charismatic mayors, Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa who, with unorthodox methods, in less than 10 years turned one of the worlds most dangerous, violent and corrupt capitals into a peaceful model city populated by caring citizens. With Mockus and Peñalosa and key members of their staff as first hand witnesses, the film uncovers the ideas, philosophies and strategies that underlie the changes in Bogotá and which are now being exported to cities worldwide.

Andreas M. Dalsgaard graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as a fiction film director in 2009. He has a degree in visual anthropology from Université Denis Diderot Paris VII in 2004 and a BA in Anthropology from University of Århus 2003. Afghan Muscles (2007) was Dalsgaard’s debut as a documentary director, and it became a festival hit, winning Best

Documentary at AFI Los Angeles and Open Eyes Award at Rome MedFilm Festival. His most recent film, Cities on Speed – Bogotá Change (2009) was selected for Reflecting Images at IDFA and won the audience award at IndieLisboa in Portugal. The short film Copenhagen (2009, fiction – winner of the CILECT Prize 2010, awarded by the world association of film schools) was Dalsgaard’s graduation film as a fiction director.

Dalsgaard is currently finishing the editing of a documentary/fiction hybrid called Travelling with Mr. T (co-directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont) which is also produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen and Anne Köhncke for Final Cut for Real.