Fredrik Gertten
Bikes vs Cars
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Bikes vs Cars

Fredrik Gertten

Bikes vs Cars

The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year.

91 min.
English, Spanish and Portuguese
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish


Fredrik Gertten
Bikes vs Cars
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Fredrik Gertten
Executive Production
Fredrik Gertten, Chris Paine
Alexander Thörnqvist
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Margarete Jangard, Elin Kamlert, WG Film
Benjamin Binderup, Morten Giese, Klaus de León Heinecke, Sascha Fülscher, Phil Jandaly
Florencia Di Concilio

Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

About the direction
Fredrik Gertten

Fredrik Gertten


Fredrik Gertten, Director is an award-winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden, and ow...

Awards and festivals

South By Southwest
USA, 2015
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
USA, 2015
Spain, 2015
Menció Especial, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
Poland, 2015
Premi del Públic, UK Green Film Festival
UK, 2015
Menció Honorífica, Tempo Documentary Festival
Sweden, 2015
Premi a la Millor Pel·lícula, CinemAmbiente - Environmental Film Festival
Italy, 2015
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Breezy, intelligent, diffuse but uncluttered, Fredrik Gertten's documentary "Bikes vs Cars" could be called a tale of congestion-plagued cities.

— News York Times

Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities' unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies.

— Los Angeles Times

Watching a teacher lead a group of schoolchildren around busy Bogot on their little bikes, teaching them how to safely navigate their city on their own power, you might feel hopeful for the future of eco-friendly transportation.

— Village Voice
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