Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Claiming Open Spaces (1995)
Directed by Austin Allen
Co-presented with VIBE (Voices in the Built Environment)
Doors at 7:00 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini Microcinema - 1329 Main St.
Claiming Open Spaces explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans--the vital place of historical significance that this city holds, and its role in continuing African American tradition and culture. The film is both a critical examination of the design and histories of American urban open space, as well as a celebration of leisure, recreation and resistance. "A celebration of Black culture, the sort of positive portrait that Blacks deserve and seldom receive… a compelling, thoroughly researched production."
(Columbus Dispatch) "Austin Allen's documentary takes a controversial stance: that African American's conception of open space is different from that of the mostly white civic authorities who have closed public parks in recent years, denying blacks a vital gathering place… In building his case, Allen creates a fascinating history of Black America.” (The East Bay Express)
(87 minutes) Free with $5 suggested donation. Discussion to follow.