Not in my Neigbourhood tells the intergenerational stories of the ways in which ordinary citizens respond to the policies, process and institutions driving contemporary forms of spatial violence and gentrification in Cape Town, São Paulo, and New York.
“A compelling tri-continental tale of the productive power unleashed when poor people themselves voice and share stories of their struggles against displacement by greedy, racist and parasitic urban property developers in European settler colonies of Brazil, S Africa and USA. Required viewing for all urban justice activists and reminder of late South African poet Don Mattera’s insistence that “Memory is (still) the weapon” Aluta Continua.”
As cities around the world catapult themselves into ‘World Class’, Global City status, we have to ask ourselves, “at what cost”? Not in my Neigbourhood tells the intergenerational stories of the ways in which ordinary citizens respond to the policies, process and institutions driving contemporary forms of spatial violence in Cape Town, São Paulo, and New York. With the aim of building solidarity amongst active urban citizens, the film provides insights into the tools and approaches used by urban activist to shape and navigate their cities from the bottom up.
The film explores the effects of various forms of spatial violence on the spirit and social-psyche of citizens. It follows their daily struggles, trials and triumphant moments, as they try to shape the cities they live in, from the bottom up! Portraying our characters as active citizens, fighting for their right to the city, the film acts as a portrait of stories telling the history of spatial violence within the background of colonization, architectural Apartheids and gentrification.
“As much as Not in My Neighbourhood is a film that takes it viewers to the frontlines of the global battle against dispossession, police brutality and gentrification, it is not a dour or aesthetically limited film. In fact, it may perk you up a little, correct your posture and have you looking at that new neighbourhood development with new eyes.”
“The editing is seamless, the photography has a “captured in the moment” in your face feel, forcing one to look directly at immorality and state-sponsored terror – which is what denying affordable housing and property is.”
“Orderson’s use of various points-of-view and types of camera movement is deceptively eye-opening. His camera works like a comrade, liberating certain perspectives for the viewer, helping to create and spread a kind of propaganda that counteracts the ubiquity of “Cash-4-Home” flyers spamming Black and Brown communities, plus slick advertising lingo used to pretty up unsettling measures.”