Urban Films: Flag Wars (2003)

What happens when black working-class families are faced with an influx of white gay homebuyers in their neighborhood? Filmed over four years, FLAG WARS is a clear-eyed look inside the conflicts that surface in one inner-city Columbus, Ohio, community. The film's as-it-is-happening verite style captures the raw emotions of unguarded moments between neighbors: the lesbian realtor who sells the area's Victorian homes; a new homebuyer who moves to the area to live openly as a gay man; two longtime residents who are in court because of new housing codes; and the judge who hears their cases. From porch conversations and family dinners to public hearings and street protests, FLAG WARS provides a rare and extraordinarily intimate account of the social and human consequences of capitalism and the pursuit of the "American Dream" told through the lives of residents in a community confronted by gentrification. Directed by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras. Co-sponsored by MIT QuBE. 90 minutes.

Urban Planning Film Series

A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free. Web site: http://www.urbanfilm.org