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Cleveland Independent Movie Goers Message Board › Widening the Circle Forum Film

Widening the Circle Forum Film

A former member
Post #: 32
I'm probably going to go to this. Looks interesting and hey, it's free!

As part of its Widening The Circle Forum series, Franklin Circle Christian Church presents the compelling PBS video "Flag Wars." The event will take place on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to watch this 90-minute video, followed by refreshments and a moderated discussion at Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1688 Fulton Rd. (near W. 28th). Ample parking is available. There is no charge for this event. Interested persons are invited to call Pastor Allen Harris at 216-272-0622 or e-mail him at PastorAllen @ for more details, and to receive copies of background readings (which are strongly encouraged). For background readings and extensive interactive resources, go to:­ For more information on Franklin Circle Christian Church, go to the church's website at From the PBS website: ?Flag Wars? is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. Working-class black residents in Columbus, Ohio fight to hold on to their homes. Realtors and gay home-buyers see fixer-uppers. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Shot over four years, "Flag Wars" is a poignant 90-minute account of economic competition between two historically oppressed groups, seen through the politics and pain of gentrification. The setting could be any city with a once stable working and middle class black community, now aging and economically depressed, in danger of losing control of their neighborhoods as wealthier home buyers gentrify block by block. In this case, the neighborhood is in Columbus, Ohio and the home buyers are largely white and gay. The resulting conflicts are a case study of differences in perception. Where realtors and buyers see run-down homes, black residents see evidence of institutional racism that steered resources away from this community. What newer residents see as a beneficial effort to renovate and restore value, veteran residents see as an assault on their heritage and a threat to their ability to hold on to their homes. The events in "Flag Wars" unfold against a backdrop of racism, homophobia, and tensions between privilege and poverty. Mix in government zoning boards, the court system, lending institutions, and civic leaders, and you've got a film that literally hits people "where they live." "Flag Wars" explores the complexity of gentrification, and the contradictions between intention and result, belief and action. It goes beyond merely assigning blame or labeling people as "good guys" or "bad guys" to examine the relationship between housing, heritage, and public policy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~­~~~~~~~ Rev. Allen V. Harris Pastor Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1688 Fulton Rd. (near W. 28th St. just west of Lutheran Hospital) Cleveland, OH 44113-3096 Phone: 216-781-8232 ~ Fax: 216-781-0013 or visit: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Widening The Circle For All God's Children! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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