#4. We Want Decent Housing, Fit for the Shelter of Human Beings.
Arts Bank Cinema is proud to present the BPP Ten Point Program Film Series, hosted the first Sunday of each month in partnership with members of the IL Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Each month’s program will use cinema and dialogue to explore one point of the Black Panther Party’s ten point platform. Facilitated community discussions centering activism, resistance, and the ongoing struggle will be held following the films. For April, we explore point four, “We Want Decent Housing, Fit for the Shelter of Human Beings.” through the Chicago film THE AREA.
THE AREA is the five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where more than 400 African-American families are displaced by a multi-billion-dollar railroad corporation. The film follows homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne and the “Row-Row Boys” a group of teen friends who must start a new life across gang lines.
The story is a visceral representation of corporate abuse, government overreach, and the vulnerability of homeowners, but the battle Deborah wages against the railroad also reveals the strength of a community.
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