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5/18 Film Screening: Banished

Posted by novoscene on May 18, 2008

When it comes to housing rights, the debate over community ownership and tradition versus the changing face of the city has been going on for years nationwide. And with the ever increasing developments, redevelopments and condo-fications going down in neighborhoods throughout Oakland and San Francisco, the whispers of gentrification in the Bay have turned into loud choruses, singing out on both sides of this sensitive issue.

Today the Block Report Radio Show is giving those voices a chance to be heard through a community film screening and discussion. At 6pm La Pena Cultural center will be hosting a screening of the 2007 film Banished, followed by a discussion with journalist JR Valrey, Marcel Diallo-CCO of the Black Dot Artists, Inc., and Willie Radcliffe, Publisher of the San Francisco Bayview Newspaper.

Banished, a part of the PBS Independent Lens Series, tells the story of the forced expulsion of thousands of black families from communities around the country over 100 years ago. The film zeros in on three of these towns and their descendants, who return to learn the real histories of what happened to their ancestors over a century ago.-kwan

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


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