“My Brooklyn” A documentary film by Kelly Anderson Saturday, July 12, 7:00 pm

MY BROOKLYN – a documentary film presented by film maker Kelly Anderson with Q&A after the screening

myb_04ca Photo credit Jamel Shabazz


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?

myb Photo credit Lenford Wickham


“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

Interview here:

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….

Looking east across Boerum Street at Fulton St...

Looking east across Boerum Street at Fulton Street Mall by David Shankbone, Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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