Flag Wars (12A) + Q&A with Home Waltham Forest

Programmed by Barbican Cinema

Flag Wars (12A) + Q&A with Home Waltham Forest


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

Home Project Waltham Forest

After the screening Head of Barbican Cinema Dr Gali Gold will be in discussion with filmmakers Ashton John and Melek Erdal about their London Borough of Culture supported project, Home Waltham Forest. 

Ashton John
Artist and filmmaker Ashton John is an award-winning filmmaker, specialising in documentary films. Ashton’s films are about people for people, aiming to inspire change and raise social awareness. In his latest project Home, Ashton aims to delve deeper into the fabric of the Waltham Forest community and shine the spotlight on our brilliant borough.