Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras
NewFest, Full Frame, Nashville, Oxford
A candid look at gentrification as white gays and lesbians begin to buy up homes in an African American community.
I previously wrote about the doc for NewFest’s program, saying:
This incredibly telling documentary reveals the effects of gentrification on a working class neigborhood in Columbus OH. Filmed over the course of four years in a cinema verite style, the film shows the complicity of upper middle-class white gay men and lesbians in transforming neighborhoods and, effectively if not wholly consciously, pushing African American working class homeowners out of the area. Longtime residents Linda and Baba face legal challenges, directly or indirectly resulting from the work Nina, a lesbian realtor, has done to increase property values. Some of the new gay neighbors, meanwhile, face threats of violence and robbery and financial risk from costly housing renovations. Acknowledging the complexity of the multiple issues involved, Bryant and Poitras present a fair, balanced, and ultimately extraordinarily intimate view of a community divided.