Better Cities Film Festival 2021

The Great Disconnect & January Panel Discussion BCFF & ProudPlaces Film Series

Expired February 1, 2021 3:00 PM
Already unlocked? for access
This virtual screening is eligible for audience awards! Unlock it to cast your vote.

New in 2021: Monthly Film Series

Adapting to the pandemic and restrictions on theaters, we have partnered with Proud Places ( to create an online monthly screening series, which will bring our films to a growing audience of highly engaged civic-minded people throughout 2021.

January Film: "The Great Disconnect"

To kick off the monthly film series, we're presenting "The Great Disconnect," winner of our Best Feature Award in 2020. This award-winning documentary uncovers why, in a world seemingly more connected than ever before, people are feeling more and more socially isolated – and the true cost this has on our lives. It's available to watch 24/7 during the entire month of January.

We are living in a time that has been described as the age of loneliness. Despite Western advances in technology, living conditions, education and healthcare, we, as a society, are isolating ourselves from one another, and because of this, facing a health crisis that affects all ages, genders, races, and cultures.

But how have we become so disconnected? And what can we do to change the status quo and fulfill our potential for health and well-being? 

Join wellness expert Tamer Soliman as he journeys through North American cities to meet with local citizens, community activists, and leading authorities on social, economic, and urban planning to discover the true factors that have profound and lasting impacts on our health and wellbeing.

This timely documentary invites us to reflect on the relationships we have with those around us and raises the question: is it possible to overcome our modern culture of disconnectedness and rediscover how truly essential we are to one other?

  • Year
  • Runtime
    61 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Tamer Soliman
  • Screenwriter
    Sarah Douglas, Katherine Salter, Tamer Soliman, Jay Mustafa
  • Producer
    Jeremy Walton, Tamer Soliman,
  • Executive Producer
    Jeremy Walton, Stephen Price, Oliver Lindsay, Neville Hicks
  • Co-Producer
    Jeremy Walton
  • Filmmaker
    Tamer Soliman
  • Cast
    Tamer Soliman, Ron Finley, Dr Marlene Epps,
  • Cinematographer
    Rob Tyler
  • Editor
    Rob Tyler
  • Sound Design
    Brett MacTaggart