My Brooklyn (2013)
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Critic Reviews for My Brooklyn
When Anderson allows the experts - or simply those most deeply impacted by the changes - to speak, the film has a powerful urgency.
Ms. Anderson traces a tale of aggressive rezoning, multimillion-dollar development deals and racial displacement.
The personal and political don't always align as well as they're meant to, but enough of the labor-of-love aspects shine through in a positive way to grant the film a genuine emotional core.
Striking a fine balance between personal journal and political expose, Kelly Anderson's docu examines the unnatural causes of changes wrought in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to gentrification.
An intriguing depiction of urban gentrification in action, marred somewhat by an unnecessary dip into the first person.
Audience Reviews for My Brooklyn
Gentrification doesn't just happen. It's redlining, purposely planned and implemented by moneyed interests in collusion with government. Powerfully and poignantly exposes how wealthy investors operate in shadowy pseudo-governmental agencies like Economic Development Corporations to write, submit and pass rezoning and development plans that enrich themselves. Government is complicit, with no regard for residents and small businesses who have made this the third most successful shopping district in New York City for decades.
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