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Rätten till staden

1h 10m


Ahab (Self)Ulrika Erdes (Self)Erik (Self)Torbjörn Hansson (Self)


Kolbjörn Guwallius



It's self-evident for any democratic society that everybody should be able to walk freely in the streets. But sometimes it seems like we're only welcome as spectators and consumers in public space. If you're not pleased with the city and like to change it, there are no obvious rights; on the contrary, there is plenty of prohibition. Some people take the street - and the law - in their own hands. Their works are often called vandalism - but also street art. Who are these mystified people, and what do they want? In the film City Rights we follow a couple of active Swedish street artists on adventure. They tell about their works and aims, and about their view on public space. It becomes apparent that street artists often are citizens who take an active interest in and have a razor-sharp analysis of society. They believe they take responsibility for our common grounds, instead of harming it. If you listen to the street artists, the rights to the city is highly diminished, and is more about traditions, money and power than about democracy. Apart from Swedish street artists, we meet with doctors of art and city planning, and representatives of the community and the advertising business.