The conference begins with a special screening of My Brooklyn, 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. Join filmmakers Kelly Anderson and Allison Dean Thurday at 5:00 pm for a Conference Welcome, Film Screening, and Discussion. A reception will follow at 7:00 pm.
Both the screening and reception will be at Hunter College, at the corner of 68th and Lexington, accessible by the 4 and 6 subway lines.
Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhood. An explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. Meanwhile, development officials announce a plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson’s apartment.
As the local debate over the Mall’s future intensifies, deep racial divides in the way people view neighborhood change become apparent. All of this pushes Anderson to confront her own role in the process of gentrification, and to investigate the forces behind it more deeply. She meets with government officials, urban planners, developers, advocates, academics, and others who both champion and criticize the plans for Fulton Mall. 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 restoring democracy to a broken planning process. Read more at mybrooklynmovie.com.