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My Brooklyn

by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean

Who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

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My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson's journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that - despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City - is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural 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?

quoteAnderson’s sensitive study of gentrification … traces a tale of aggressive rezoning, multimilliondollar development deals and racial displacement. The history of the American city is in itself one of cyclical displacement, but here the apparent lack of transparency and official callousness are especially troubling.
Jeanette Catsoulis
New York Times

quoteA great pedagogical tool. It can't help but provoke informed discussion on the hot everyday issues of living in a changing city.
Peter Marcuse, Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University

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quoteStriking a fine balance between personal journal and political expose Kelly Anderson's docu examines the unnatural causes of changes wrought in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to gentrification … this absorbing pic eschews militant outrage for a quietly devastating look at social commodification.
Ronnie Scheib

quoteAt first "My Brooklyn” looks like the kind of studious documentary that well-meaning liberals put audiences to sleep with. By the end, though, it’s likely to have viewers boiling… [Anderson and Dean] explode the comforting idea that the gentrification changing downtown Brooklyn is just an organic process of some people moving in and others moving out.
Greg Evans & Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News

quoteElegantly weaves together the personal, political, and policy dimensions of gentrification ... A powerful tool for opening our eyes to the institutional underpinnings of neighborhood change.
Angela Blackwell, President, PolicyLink

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  • Audience Award, Brooklyn Film Festival
  • Best Director and Best Documentary, Red Hook Film Festival
  • Oxford Film Festival
  • This Human World Film Festival
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival
  • Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
  • LICHTER Frankfurt Film Festival
  • Belfast Film Festival
  • DocAviv
  • FilmORama (New Orleans Film Society)

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