Despite its virtual setting, ADFF will continue to showcase innovative films about the built environment.
Like so many other events in 2020, the Architecture and Design Film Festival has gone virtual in response to the global pandemic. ADFF:2020 is set to take place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, providing viewers ample opportunity to watch films on their own schedule and from the comfort of their own homes.
The ADFF team has assembled a diverse and exciting program, with a special focus on films that explore social justice issues and the experiences of architects from underrepresented communities. “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story” is one of the heavy-hitters, portraying Williams’ determination and triumphs as he designed homes in communities where AIA’s first Black member was not allowed to live. ADFF will be offering this film for free during the festival.
Another standout is “Magical Imperfection,” which presents the life story of Raymond Moriyama, a Canadian architect of Japanese descent whose experience in a World War II internment camp inspired him to become an architect and forever influenced his conception of space.
A new French film on Charlotte Perriand is a testament to the creative force that drove her designs, from her time as a young architect working in Le Corbusier’s office to her design of Les Arcs ski resort, and everything in between.
In this time of curtailed travel, the world premiere of “Tokyo Ride” offers a unique escape. The latest offering from acclaimed directors Bêka & Lemoine, the film is presented as a one-day adventure, providing a tour of Tokyo architecture as viewers vicariously drive through the streets in an Alfa Romeo, accompanied by Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa, a partner at SANAA.