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S1 E5: Medellin -  Art as Remembrance

Medellin: Art As Remembrance

After two decades of violence and corruption under the reign of the largest cocaine drug cartel operation in history, Medellín, Colombia awakens to the sights, sounds and colors of an urban renaissance crafted by a group of creative entrepreneurs, artists and visionary city planners defying street wars.

In this episode we follow a passionate urban planner (Daniel Carvalho), a photographer-­artist-­drummer (Vita Osorio Sanmartin), a rapper­‐turned-agroarte (Luis Fernando AKA El Aka) and a Medellin born Canadian filmmaker (Pablo Alvarez-Mesa); all who are helping to bringing peace, innovation and stability which is turn has made Medellin currently one of the safest cities in South America.

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