Series: Cities by the Sea - Season 2



Documentary | 2017 | HD | 44 minutes

VANCOUVER - Canada's flagship metropolis

Vancouver's location is unique: at the foot of the Pacific, with the mountain peaks of the Coast Mountains in the background. Urbanity and wilderness are close together here. Since time immemorial, the city has attracted people from all over the world on Canada's west coast. Of the 2.5 million inhabitants, half are among the "visible minorities" whose mother tongue is not English.
The city of Vancouver is an interface of cultures and many of its cosmopolitan residents feel more comfortable outside than inside, riding a bicycle or skiing, sitting in a canoe or sailing. For many, the love of nature is more than just a pastime.Officially, the city where Greenpeace was founded announces that it wants to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.
One of the people who is responsible for this image is Allan Garr. His workplace is a flourishing meadow in the middle of downtown Vancouver. It is located on Canada's largest green roof, the Convention Center. Here he takes care of more than 50,000 bees - even though the beekeeper is allergic to bee stings.
For Maja Aro, the danger is a job: the dainty stunt woman risks the head and neck when she is thrown in the air or jumps from car to car. Maja is one of the best in the industry, and there are enough jobs. Around 50 productions are constantly being shot simultaneously in "Hollywood of the North", series like "Supergirl" or feature films like "X-Men".
As early as 1903, less than 20 years after the town had become a Vancouver out of a small lumberjack settlement, one of the founders designed a coat of arms and motto. It reads: "On water, on land and in the air we thrive". Nothing has changed to this day.



Director: Christian Stiefenhofer
Camera: Johannes Kaltenhauser
Editing: Julia Furch
Music: Nils Kacirek, Milan Meyer-Kaya
Production: Filmquadrat.dok GmbH
Editor: Ulrike Becker, Ute Hoffarth, SWR


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