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Shirikiana Aina’s 1982 film Brick by Brick was prescient in its examination of the devastating effects of neglect and gentrification on minority communities, made all the more powerful by being set in Washington, D.C., where the visual juxtapositions of poverty and the pageantry of government monuments amplify the injustice. But more than a documentation of strife, the film also focuses on the Seaton Street Project, a tenants union with a progressive community ownership model whose ideas are just as resonant today as ever.

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Still from Brick by Brick (1982) by Shirikiana Aina. Image courtesy of the artist, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Mypheduh Films.

Still from Brick by Brick (1982) by Shirikiana Aina. Image courtesy of the artist, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Mypheduh Films.

Shirikiana Aina’s 1982 film Brick by Brick was prescient in its examination of the devastating effects of neglect and gentrification on minority communities, made all the more powerful by being set in Washington, D.C., where the visual juxtapositions of poverty and the pageantry of government monuments amplify the injustice. But more than a documentation of strife, the film also focuses on the Seaton Street Project, a tenants union with a progressive community ownership model whose ideas are just as resonant today as ever.

Read the full article here.