Battle for the City

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Battle for the City (Taistelu turusta)

Directed by Jouko Aaltonen

  • Finland 2011; 80 min
  • Original version: Finnish
  • Genre: Documentary


Turku is the oldest city in Finland. Its old distinguished buildings were destroyed in the modern fervour - businessmen, decision makers and architects were all involved. Why were they unable to treasure history? The film does not only deal with the past but follows the present-day activists and squatters too: why do they decide to take over buildings? To whom does the built space belong and who makes the decisions over it? The questions raised in film are topical not only in Turku, but also elsewhere in Europe and beyond.ownership of the city. What are the reasons behind the squatters? To whom does the built environment belong?