Kelly Anderson’s My Brooklyn will be shown on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00pm at the Champaign Public Library, and on Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm on campus in Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall. The director will attend both viewings, and a q and a will be held immediately after.
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. She meets with government officials, urban planners, developers, advocates, academics, and others. Only when Anderson meets Brooklyn-born and raised scholar Craig Wilder, though, who explains his family’s experiences of neighborhood change over generations, does Anderson come to understand that what is happening in her neighborhoods today is actually a new chapter in an old American story. The film’s ultimate questions become how to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how citizens can become active in fixing a broken planning process.
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