Fredrik Gertten • Sweden • 2015
An argument against the automobile.
A battle is being waged for the soul of the road. In cities across the globe, inefficient transportation reigns supreme—humans commute in cars, machines that suck down gas, belch out pollution, and clutter streets and sidewalks. Los Angeles and São Paulo, Brazil are among the world’s most congested cities, where many spend hours in their cars driving even a short distance. Here activists, cyclists, and politicians fight for better cities, seeking to subvert the corporate interests that keep humans in cars.
Incisively interviewing participants across the spectrum, Bikes vs. Cars posits urban transportation as one of the prominent battlegrounds for the fight against climate change. Fredrik Gertten’s eleventh documentary premiered at SXSW, ZagrebDox, One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, and the San Francisco Green Film Festival, where it won Best Feature.