MY BROOKLYN – a documentary film presented by film maker Kelly Anderson with Q&A after the screening
Saturday, July 12, 7:00pm (77 minutes)
$10 ($7 WAAM Members)
Jeff Harrigfeld from Woodstock Music will be setting up the audio visual equipment
“Striking a fine balance between personal journal and political expose Kelly Anderson’s docu examines the unnatural causes of changes wrought in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to gentrification … this absorbing pic eschews militant outrage for a quietly devastating look at social commodification” Ronnie Scheib, Variety
My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson’s journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that – despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City – is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film’s ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?
“This is an extraordinary film, not only about Brooklyn but about the new America, the rise of the corporate state and the losses people are experiencing in so many corners of life. I was deeply moved, and Kelly Anderson’s personal narration shatters the barrier that can separate the filmmaker from her audience.” Stuart Ewen, Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology, The City University of New York
See the trailer here: My Brooklyn trailer
WAAM Dialogues are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation
Fulton Street back in the days….