Sunday Platform "Kelly Anderson: "My Brooklyn," Gentrification and Me"
With Kelli Anderson
My Brooklyn is a documentary about director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. Having moved to downtown Brooklyn decades earlier, lured by cheap rents and alternative culture, Anderson watches as a massive speculative real estate boom and a plan to tear down the Fulton Mall, a vital African-American and Caribbean commercial district, threaten to erase the neighborhood's diversity in many senses. Anderson, an award-winning filmmaker who also directed Every Mother's Son (about police killings), is driven to confront her own role in the process, to conduct investigative interviews with politicians, developers, advocates and others involved, and to imagine ways to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in New York's urban development patterns. Director Anderson will show selections from the film and discuss why she made it.