In Andreas Dalsgaard’s 2014 documentary, Life is Sacred, a young woman named Katherine, inspired by the possibility of ushering Colombia out of decades of conflict and corruption, campaigns on behalf of presidential candidate Antanas Mockus. Mockus, a mathematician and philosopher, had been Mayor of Colombia’s capital, Bogota, from 1995 to 1997 and 2001 to 2003. During that time, the murder rate in Bogota fell 70%, 63,000 people opted into a voluntary taxation system, and Bogota citizens learned the power of play and humor to solve the city’s most stubborn problems. Katherine was a child when Mockus was mayor of her hometown, but during his presidential run in 2010, she was an energetic 22-year-old leading thousands in support of his candidacy. This is the story of Katherine’s determination and of Mockus’s faith in a just and peaceful Colombian future.
This screening will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A with Antanas Mockus and a reception sponsored by NYU PorColombia.
Antanas Mockus is a teacher, politician, writer, researcher and innovator of the “Citizenship Culture” methodology. After his two terms as Mayor of Bogota and his campaign for the Colombian presidency, Mockus founded and is currently the president of Corpovisionarios. He is also one of the protagonists of the recently-signed peace accords in Colombia. This semester, Antanas Mockus is a Visiting Professor of Urban Practice as part of the newly established Global Faculty in Residence Program at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Sponsored by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and the Urban Democracy Lab