This is a flm about hope. And war. Beirut (Lebanon). Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Kigali (Rwanda). Medellín (Colombia). As we read these names, we know that these cities are connected for having gone through the experience of war around the same time. Beirut, one of the oldest cities in the world, was under Civil War
between 1975 and 1990; Sarajevo, known for its religious and cultural diversity, suﬀered the longest siege of the 20th century: 1,425 days (1992-1996), during the Bosnian War and the breakup of Yugoslavia; the inhabitants of Kigali were victims of a genocidal mass slaughter in Rwanda, where it is estimated that close to one
million were killed between April and July 1994; and Medellín was the most violent city in the world 20 years ago. At some point, we stopped hearing these cities’ names. Why? Have they disappeared? Quite the opposite. But how have these cities survived the experience of war and destruction? This documentary aims to give us an answer proving that these are true examples of what resilient cities are. In spite of it all, the future is bright. Hip-hop in Medellín, cinema in Sarajevo, the marathon in Beirut and cycling in Rwanda, are more than entertainment events. They allow its inhabitants to engage in rebuilding the urban fabric, by participating in a shared experience of public space that slowly reinvigorates the social framework.