Screening and discussion – Documentary City Dreamers - McCord Stewart Museum

Screening and discussion

May 1, 2024 | 6 p.m.

Screening and discussion – Documentary City Dreamers

Paid activity | Space is limited, reservation required.

Attend a screening of the documentary City Dreamers, presented in collaboration with the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).

The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Joseph Hillel. 

City dreamers

Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown: four trailblazers who got accustomed to being the only woman in the room. They are each known for their many achievements in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture spanning more than six decades. They have inspired generations of professionals. Through never-before-seen interviews, archival documents and delicate cinematography, filmmaker Joseph Hillel reveals how these strong, independent women shaped the cities in which we live. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the ideas of these forward-thinking women are more relevant than ever.  

City Dreamers, Canada, 2018, 80 min, Joseph Hillel.
Screening in French and English with French subtitles 

About the director 

Born in Port-au-Prince, Joseph Hillel lives in Montreal. In 2004, he wrote, produced and co-directed his first documentary film, Ordinaire ou Super, regards sur Mies van der Rohe. Acclaimed at numerous festivals (Best Canadian Film at FIFA, Best Photography Award at Roma Art Doc Fest), this first success was followed in 2019 by Karsh is History, also winner of the Best Canadian Film Award at FIFA. In 2014, his first feature-length documentary Ayiti Toma screened at Montreal International Documentary Festival and numerous international festivals (Hamburg, Boston, Guadalajara, New York). His most recent documentaries were broadcast on Radio-Canada: Sur les pas de Rhodnie (2021) and MTL_vues du cœur (2022).   


  • Activity in English and French, presented on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 6 p.m.
    The screening will be followed by a discussion. 
  • Space is limited, reservation required. 
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Stewart Museum


  • General admission: $5 
  • Museum members: free 
  • Students: free 
  • Members of Indigenous communities: free 


In 2024, the McCord Stewart Museum will present a series of documentaries in collaboration with the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). 
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