Film: Arc of Justice & Gaining Ground
Date & Time
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Come see two films: Arc of Justice and Gaining Ground and engage in a talk-back with filmmakers and others about the themes introduced in the film and how they can be used as a resource in your work. Arc of Justice: Arc of Justice traces the inspiring journey of New Communities Inc. and the struggle for racial and economic justice among African Americans in southwest Georgia. Formed in 1969 during the Civil Rights movement, New Communities persevered as the largest black-owned farm in the country despite relentless opposition. It lost its land in 1985 due to discriminatory lending practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but then prevailed in an historic lawsuit and staked its claim to new land and a new beginning in 2009. Gaining Ground: In the midst of the Great Recession, Gaining Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. DSNI was created over 30 years ago when the community had been devastated by bank redlining, arson-for-profit and illegal dumping, and has become one of the preeminent models for community-based change. Over the course of two years, we watch a new generation of leaders working to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs and opportunities for young people to one of the city’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods.