Currently traveling the film screening series circuit, written and directed by Kelly Anderson, the award-winning feature documentary, My Brooklyn, explores the ways public policy is fueling gentrification and displacement in Brooklyn.
It follows director Kelly Anderson’s journey, as a “Brooklyn gentrifier,” and her attempts to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood.
The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling black commercial district that – despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City – is much maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As 100 small businesses are replaced by highrise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly normal 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?
As a Brooklynite who was born and raised here, and lived in difference neighborhoods, I’ve witnessed these changes happening right in front of me, in some cases, almost practically overnight, exemplified by the name-changed a certain part of Bedstuy has apparently gone through, likely to relieve itself of any stigma the neighborhood may carry to those on the outside.
So this is a film I’d like to check out.
It premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival in June (where it won the Audience Award), and continues to travel; but no word on where it’ll screen next. When we find out, you will know.
Check out the trailer below: