Bikes vs Cars


We are immersed in a great global crisis that we will eventually have to face: climate change, the exhaustion of fossil resources, urban and ocean pollution. In this context, the bicycle stands as a powerful tool for change. However, this is a David and Goliath fight, since the automobile industry invests millions of dollars every year to maintain its business. Car sales are currently higher than ever before and there are more than one thousand million vehicles in the world.

Activists and thinkers around the world, from São Paulo to Los Angeles, including the idyllic situation in Copenhagen, get organized to change the state of things and make cities more sustainable. Alongside those citizens who refuse to stop cycling despite the increase in the number of deaths from traffic accidents, they carry out a small action that can lead to great changes.


Fredrik Gertten was born in Malmo (Sweden) in 1956. He is an award winning director and journalist, famous for local stories with a global understanding. His latest works Bananas!* (2009) and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011) have met audiences in over 100 countries, including leading festivals Sundance and Berlinale.


Tempo Documentary Festival (Tempo Documentary Award) – Sweden, 2015

SXSW – USA, 2015

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – USA, 2015

Ambulante – Mexico, 2015

Washington DC Film Festival – USA, 2015

June 2015 at

logo DM

With the collaboration of the Embassy of Sweden

Bikes vs Cars

Fredrik Gertten

Sweden (2015)



Language: english, portuguese, spanish

Executive producer: Alexandra Galvis, Chris Paine, Fredrik Gertten, Maria Farinha Films

Photography: Kiki Allegier, Janice D’Avila

Editing: Benjamin Binderup

Sound: Alexander Thörnqvist

Music: Florencia Di Concilio

Production copmanies: WG Film

Distributor: Autlook Filmsales