In the middle of downtown Caracas a 200 meter high abandoned bank building protrudes into the sky. A ruin of glass and steel, and a Babelesque monument to the global financial crisis, its causes and consequences. But today it is also the home of 750 impoverished families, who have moved in and created a self-organised mini-society in the dilapidated skyscraper. Ignored by the authorities, feared by the neighbours - but also a very effective and entirely independent alternative to a society that has neither space for them nor can afford them. 'Ruina' is a lucid and sober essay, which brings together the many small tales of the place to form a story of global relevance - formulated as an open, cinematic postcard addressed to the City Council and signed by the residents. For even if the symbolism speaks for itself, 'Ruina' is less about squatter romance and Occupy utopias than it is about how one actually gets a sustainable, society-like community up and running from scratch. It isn't easy, but that it is possible can only provide food for thought - and for debate. The film is presented in collaboration with Social Politisk Forening.
Ruina (Germany 2014, 73 min.) Dir.: Markus Lenz.