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Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.

A CONVENIENT TRUTH: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil includes exclusive interviews from world renowned Curitiba's mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, as well as other brilliant minds who made Curitiba a world class model.

In a time of so many inconveniences, it's good to know of places where things are done conveniently right.

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  • Directors: Giovanni Vaz Del Bello
  • Writers: Giovanni Vaz Del Bello, Maria Terezinha Vaz
  • Producers: Maria Terezinha Vaz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Maria Vaz Photography
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OONRSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Livingston on October 10, 2007
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This film is a must see for anyone involved in urban/regional planning, city councils, and concerned citizens. Curitiba debunks the myths that logical solutions to cities biggest problems only exist on paper or take billions of dollars to develop. A well made and inspiring documentary. When you see what they've done here, you will realize that our standard of living in the US is not really so high and solutions are far easier than our leaders lead us to believe.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wyepacket on September 5, 2008
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Environmental changes you always hoped could happen are documented in this delightful, enlightening film.

Take an ordinary, not-so-beautiful, not-so-successful, non-environmentally positive town and think. A vision to improve in 3 major areas became reality; public and private transportation were revamped, housing created and improved, and recycling became a matter of public pride. Beautiful parks were created on top of blighted areas and dumps. The city of Curitiba became a destination instead of a place to pass through.

You look at the figures involved in these fantastic changes and say, gee, they look like ordinary people, and yet this whole thing is pure genius!

Then the whine is, Why Can't We Do This In The USA? Is it the bureaucracies? Is it too big an idea for us? It can't be the money -- the project's leaders tell how the projects became self-sufficient and paid for themselves in a short time.

I'm a teacher in Adult Education, where adults receive a High School Diploma (accredited) (not a GED) and I am incorporating this DVD in classes of Economics, Geography, Sociology, and Earth Science. The more people who see it and are inspired by it, the better. I recommend it to everyone on the planet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Haldeman on November 30, 2007
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This film that tells what one city in Brazil has done to make a difference on the problems facing most cities. The film is great for it gives you a feeling that there is a chance. The one problem is that only about half is in English and the other has subtitles. It would have been better to have voice over, but the film is great
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Ryan on February 15, 2009
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This is a very educational DVD for anyone interested in Urban Planning, sustainability, the "green" movement, etc. The documentary covers the transformation of the city of Curitiba, Brazil from a poor, backward city into what they now regard as one of the most livable cities in the world. The filmmakers talk to the city mayor, along with the planners, architects and citizens who helped to implement these innovative urban solutions to the common problems of the modern, urban world. The issues covered include public transportation, recycling, affordable housing and landscape modification. Such innovations like special lanes exclusively for efficient buses, buying trash from citizens to clean up the favelas, and turning dangerous flood plains into modified public parks(not to mention using sheep to trim the grass!) are some of the interesting policies that Curitiba has utilized. I also found notable that the entire project was done with a focus on job creation, that is they made a concerted effort to put as many citizens to work as possible, encouraged entrepreneurship, and offered various types of education and job training for citizens.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Mahaffey on October 18, 2007
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I would have never seen this film if I hadn't gone to the Santa Cruz Pacific Rim film festival. It's a movie worth passing onto others if they haven't seen it yet. a positive documentary about the city of Curitiba, Brazil and how they re-created their city into a healthy, green environment with the little money they had. It made me feel like so many changes are possible for a better place to live in America. Please consider this movie, its only an hour long!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia S. Heath on February 15, 2008
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Each time I watch this film I find it inspiring. It shows what can be done to solve major problems (that are usually treated as intractable) through creativitiy and resourcefulness. With few financial resources, a big city's whole life is changed dramatically for the better. Housing, transportation, job training, rubbish collection, and poverty alleviation, are all tackled wholistically with tremendous results. I recommend this film be seen as widely as possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andree S. Thompson on October 17, 2008
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This is one of the most inspirational, hopeful stories about environmental and community justice issues that's out there. We need this kind of hope to help combat all the doom/gloom reality. See it and be glad for such creative politicians and thinkers in the world to learn from .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Yang on March 18, 2014
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This is movie is great and inspirational for any urban planner. I really like the idea of the affordable homes.

The documentary "A convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil" is a very inspirational for an urban planner. This documentary demonstrated the many urban renewal possibilities that I did not think it were possible, especially in a city that the economic status is not great. This film documented innovations in the extents of transportation, recycling, affordable housing, social benefits, recreational areas, and landscape modifications.
The transportation from minimizing motor vehicle usage was an eye opening. I rely on my car every single day; I always thought to myself I would not know what to do without my car. My main transportation is a vehicle, however after watching this documentary I think minimizing motor vehicle usage in my daily life would be feasible. I am afraid to use bicycle as another form of transportation because there's not designated roads for bicyclist. In Chicago, we share the road with the motor vehicles, which I think it is very dangerous especially the speed limit on many roads is between 25-40 miles per hour. This film showed that it would be possible to create roads that are just designed for bicyclist without sharing the road with motor vehicles. In this film the routes that are created specifically for bicyclist are safe and motor vehicle free. The roads that are specifically designated for bicyclist are separated from the roads for motor vehicles. This feature ensures and secures safety to the public to know that they are only sharing the road with other bicyclists.
Moreover, the film also showed another way to reduce motor vehicle usages but constructing multi-unit homes without a parking lot.
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