FILM/ART PICK: BRICK BY BRICK AT ART + PRACTICE

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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