White City, Windy City


If you have some time, check out this video. It gives a broad view of Chicago, Casablanca, and the Sister-City relationship between the two.

The video is very travel show-y, but I’ve never seen a travel show that combined visits to cities that are so different and far apart.

It’s supposed to be a pilot for a series on Sister-City relationship between US and Middle Eastern cities. It dates back to 2008, but I don’t know if the series took off. I’ll update here if I hear anything.
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update (7/7/2010): The US/Arab world sister-city documentary project never got off the ground, unfortunately. The pilot was done by Layalina Productions, a non-profit whose mission is to improve relations between the US and the Arab world through TV programming. Check out their shows, especially American Caravan and On the Road, two reality TV-type programs about Arab and American youth discovering each others’ countries. According to the Layalina website, their programs reach a target audience of millions, although my impression is that they reach a much smaller number of viewers in the U.S. than in the Middle East.

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