Moshe Safdie, the Power of Architecture

Canada | 2004 | 91 min
English | Subtitles in French
Cinematography: Bernard Fougères
Distribution: Incendo Media
Editing: Jean-Marie Drot
Music: Robert-Marcel Lepage
Narration: Donald Winkler
Producer: Pierre Lawrence
Production: Zone 3


Presented in partnership with Provencher Roy

To mark the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, FIFA is paying tribute to architect Moshe Safdie with this re-screening of the film by Canadian director Donald Winkler. After graduating from McGill University in 1961 and apprenticing with Louis Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montreal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 Universal Exposition. His design of Habitat 67, when he was only 23 years old, lifted the Israel-Canadian architect to the top ranks of Canadian architects, earning him international recognition. This documentary takes us to Boston, where Safdie teaches at Harvard, showing some of his recent projects, including the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. It also follows him on his first visit to Israel in fourteen years, where he works on the plans for the Mamilla neighbourhood of Jerusalem, a long-term project designed to bring the city’s Jewish and Arab communities together.


Donald Winkler

Born in Winnipeg, Donald Winkler completed his studies in literature at the University of Manitoba and in theatre at Yale University. From 1967 to 1995, he worked as a writer and director at the National Film Board of Canada, where he specialized in the arts.
Filmography | Maureen Forrester : La diva en hiver (2000) ; The summer of '67 (1994) ; Breaking a leg: Robert Lepage and the echo project (1992) ; Poet: Irving Layton observed (1986) ; F.R. Scott: Rhyme and reason (1982) ; Journal de voyage (1978) ; Hommage aux mains (1974) ; Bannerfilm (1972) ; Doodle Film (1970)

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Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 43
Presented by Provencheroy
Moshe Safdie, the Power of Architecture
FIFA Grand Panorama

Moshe Safdie, the Power of Architecture

Canada | 91 min | 2004

English | Subtitles in French