Flag Wars (12A) + panel

Programmed by Barbican Cinema

Flag Wars (12A) + panel

SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 16.30, LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY

Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Linda Bryant’s award-winning observation of complex urban conflicts turns focus to a black working class neighbourhood in Ohio negotiating an influx of white gay professionals.

Shot over four years, during which Richard Florida would publish his controversial treatise on the role of the ‘creative class’ and ‘gay index’ in urban regeneration, Flag Wars offers a careful case study of gentrification, as identity politics, capitalism and community collide with the American Dream of homeownership.

Using the tools of cinema verité, it both tenderly and candidly observes the plight of two historically oppressed communities battling to secure, or maintain, a place to call home.

US 2003 Dirs Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras 86 min

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