Film Streams and inCOMMON Community Development will present a one-time screening of the documentary MY BROOKLYN at the Ruth Sokolof Theater followed by a panel discussion.
MY BROOKLYN is a soul-searching documentary on gentrification (the renovation of low-income, urban areas to attract migrations of wealthier citizens), a national issue in action in Omaha areas like Park Avenue and Benson. The film 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?
Following the screening will be a panel discussion on the topic of gentrification in Omaha with local experts, activists, and thinkers.
The screening and discussion are part of Film Streams' Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events that speak to their missions and programming.