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Spotlight on Villa Albertine Resident Lucas Roxo at the Great Cities Institute


Ecoute les murs tomber - (c) Lucas roxo

Credit: Lucas Roxo

Great Cities Institute - University of Illinois Chicago
412 South Peoria Street
Suite 400
Chicago, Illinois 60607

July 15, 2024 | Noon-2 pm


Celebrate the conclusion of Lucas Roxo’s residency at Chicago’s Villa Albertine by attending the screening of two of his documentaries.

The Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois Chicago will host a screening of “Listen to the Walls Fall” (Écoute les murs tomber) and “No Man Is Born to Be Stepped On” (Aucun homme n’est né pour être piétiné) by 2024 Villa Albertine Resident Lucas Roxo. This event, marking the final day of Roxo’s residency in Chicago, will be followed by an engaging discussion with the director himself.
Free event – Open to the public


“Listen to the Walls Fall” is is a feature-length documentary, structured as a diptych taking place at both ends of France: Marseille and Calais. It tells the story of how human beings, driven by the desire to come and go, to live and to free themselves from prohibitions and dead-ends, circumvent, alone or in groups, what encloses them, prevents them, constrains them. Two journeys shaped by the perspectives of the people who inhabit each place.

“No Man Was Born to Be Stepped On” tells the story of a social bandit in northern Brazil and examines how his legacy resonates with anti-Bolsonaro activists today.

About the filmmaker

Lucas Roxo is a documentary filmmaker and a media educator. Convinced that information should not be produced only by professionals, his work consisted in settling in popular neighborhoods to participate in the creation of community media. In parallel, he pursued a career as a documentary filmmaker. He was the author of the short documentary I feel your absence, about his family’s exile from Portugal to France, and just finished his second short film, No man was borned to be stepped on, which tells the story of a social bandit in northern Brazil and how its memory echoes with anti-Bolsonaro activists today.  

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Great Cities Institute

UIC’s Great Cities Institute is a research hub for scholars, policymakers, and stakeholders who share an interest in finding answers to the question, “What can cities and regions do to make themselves into great places?”

The Great Cities Institute (GCI) represents UIC’s commitment to “engaged research” while contributing to its stature as a Research One University thereby highlighting the value of quality research for addressing today’s urban challenges.

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