urban | Christina Felschen

urban | Christina Felschen

A long ride home

produced for New York Film Academy

Judi learnt to ride a bike as an adult – and the newfound freedom changed her life. She cycled all over the world, before she returned to her native New York with the mission to get her own community on wheels. But coming home is a shock: Her community criticizes her for doing “white people’s stuff” and her mother fears for her life. Will she convince them?

Wilhelmina

produced for New York Film Academy

Amidst film stars and hipsters at the Union Square Greenmarket in downtown Manhattan, an elderly lady bends down into garbage bags to sort other people’s waste. Who is this woman with a Dutch queen’s name and a German accent? And what does she hope to achieve in a city that likes nothing more than to buy and to throw away?

Harlem Beauty

produced for New York Film Academy

La Chama has been trimming hair in her Harlem Beauty Salon for two decades. This Mother’s Day, the women of the neighborhood are queuing in hope for a miracle on their heads. But La Chama faces a challenge: What if there is little left to trim?

Dance, dance, dance

published by Lufthansa Magazine, August 2018, print and online >>

The city that never sleeps had an old dancing ban in place, from 1926 – until the current mayor overturned it. We visit some night owls as they ­celebrate their first summer of freedom.

Undocumented – and indispensable

published in German by ZEIT ONLINE on February 28, 2017; translated in September 2017 >>

Harvest workers, nannies, craftspeople: Eleven million people live in the US without papers, nothing goes without them. Trump wants to deport them anyway. A life full of fear.

How to save money (and still enjoy your life) in the Bay Area

published on the expat blog Life in the Bay, September 2016 >>

When lawyer Kate Dowing announced that she would move out of Silicon Valley due to the exorbitant housing prices, the story went viral. It emphasized what many Bay Area residents know all too well: If you come to this affluent area for other reasons than working for a major tech company, life will be very expensive. Here are some ideas to make it work nevertheless.

“We are treated like slaves in our own country”

written for the Peace Boat website on January 14th, 2013 >>

Two decades after Nelson Mandela’s release out od prison, the legacy of apartheid prevails in Manenberg, Cape Town’s largest township.

Riots in Gandhi’s neighbourhood

written for the Peace Boat website, January 11, 2013 >>

The Bhambayi township has come a long way after apartheid: In 1992 violent riots broke out between supporters of different political parties – next door to a model settlement created by the icon of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi. Today Gandhi’s great-granddaughter and a traditional healer help orphans to overcome the trauma

Cycling into the future

This is a shortened and updated translation of an article which I wrote for EPD news agency >>

Car loving Germans are a relic of the eighties – the new generation rides the bike instead, thus saving money, stress and the climate. But politicians and the industry cling to the status-quo