THE TOWER OF DAVID

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DURATION: 52 min

COMPLETION DATE: TBA

 

At the center of Caracas of Venezuela an unfinished 45-storey building easily attracts attention. One of the highest skyscrapers in Latin America, known as the "Tower of David" aspired to become a symbol of wealth and development. But it became the symbol of the banking crisis that hit Venezuela in the 90s and led President Hugo Chavez to power.

The skyscraper, which took its name from its constructor, David Brillembourg, was abandoned in 1994 a year after his death from cancer.

For 13 years the building stood unoccupied and unfinished. Until the moment, when over 800 homeless families decided to take it over and become part of the first vertical slum and the highest occupancy in the world.

Today, instead of wealthy businessmen, 4,000 poor residents of Caracas find accommodation at the Tower of David. Every man and a great personal story.

 
 
 

 

 



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