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The New Los Angeles (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This engaging documentary explores the complexities of inclusion in Los Angeles -- the nation's largest "majority-minority" city and the city with the nation's largest divide between rich and poor. T
Men at Work: Voices from Detroit's Underground Economy (streaming, Academic Video Online)
After decades of factory layoffs and amid aftershocks of the current economic crisis, more than a third of Detroit's remaining population and nearly half of its children live below the poverty line.
The Other Half ... Revisited (streaming, Academic Video Online)
A look at urban poverty inspired by Jacob Riis' influential 1890 book 'How the Other Half Lives' about the slums of New York City.
Nowhere Else to Live (streaming, Academic Video Online)
In the last forty years, Mexico City, one of the largest and most densely inhabited places in the world, has seen a population explosion from one million to nearly twenty million. The landless peasants who arrive in Mexico City find survival no easier than the rural poverty they sought to escape. Half of Mexico City's people are, or have been, illegal squatters.
Urban Revitalization for All (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This is a tale of two (kinds of) cities. First, there are the fast-growing coastal megalopolises - including Washington, DC, Seattle, and San Francisco - where an influx of millennials has spurred new investment in housing, transit, parks and other amenities.
My Brooklyn (streaming, Kanopy)
My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson's journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that - despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City - is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise
The Vanishing City (streaming, Academic Video Online)
The Vanishing City exposes the real politic behind the alarming disappearance of New York's beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of 'inevitable change.'
From Flint : Voices of a Poisoned City (streaming, Academic Video Online)
From Flint goes beyond the news headlines to spotlight the impact of the devastating water contamination crisis on the people of Flint, Michigan. The film highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them. Flint is a city of 100,000 people, with 41% living below the poverty line and an African-American majority.
Frontline. [Season 36, Episode 16], Left behind America (streaming, Academic Video Online)
In the decade since the Great Recession, many American cities and towns have bounced back. But for some small and mid-size cities that were once hubs for innovation and manufacturing, economic recovery has remained elusive. FRONTLINE and ProPublica ask why.
Frontline. Poor Kids (streaming, Academic Video Online)
These are hard times in the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80. It's home to John Deere manufacturing and the nation's breadbasket. But it's also an area deeply scarred by the Recession. Poor Kids is an unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children, and to the country's future.
City of Dreams (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Juarez is often called "City of Dreams" because hundreds of thousands of young women have been drawn to this frontier town from the most impoverished regions of Mexico. They aspire to a life free from poverty and free from the male-dominated traditional family and village. Since 1993 over two hundred of these young women have been murdered, and the crimes barely investigated. Many of the victims were assembly-line workers in the over four hundred mostly US-owned factories.
Maquilapolis : City of Factories (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Carmen Durán works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras; she is one of six million women around the world who labor for poverty wages in the factories of transnational corporations.
Michael Harrington and Today's Other America (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Michael Harrington's book The Other America, a groundbreaking study of poverty in America, was published in 1962. Read by President John F. Kennedy, it was probably the driving force behind the "war on poverty."
Canners (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Manfred Kirchheimer, director of award-winning films such as Stations of the Elevated and Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan, whom the New York Times recently called "an indispensable New York filmmaker," takes to the streets in an ode to the men and women who earn their daily bread by diligently collecting New York City’s bottles and cans.
Los Villanos of Villa Esperanza (streaming, Academic Video Online)
anny, Melvin, and David are "Los Villanos," a group of friends who grew up together in an affordable housing development in South Central Los Angeles. Against a backdrop of poverty and violence, they and their families have carved out a space for flourishing in the "Villa of Hope." In this documentary, we encounter the young men at the cusp of adulthood.
Cafe Chavalos : Overcoming the Streets (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and is the poorest country in the region where 80% of the country's population survives on less than $1 per day.
Unnatural Causes Collection (streaming, Kanopy)
UNNATURAL CAUSES sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socio-economic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we might expect. While we pour more and more money into drugs, dietary supplements and new medical technologies, UNNATURAL CAUSES crisscrosses the country investigating the findings that are shaking up conventional understanding of what really makes us healthy or sick.
"Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?"
Claire Andrade-Watkins s indie documentary portrays the fate of the Cape Verdean community from the Providence neighborhood Fox Point. The Emerson College professor and filmmaker navigates well between her own nostalgia of growing up in Fox Point and the larger history of immigration and urban gentrification. Close-knit and thriving through the 1950s, the Cape Verdean Americans were displaced by urban renewal projects and the extension of I-95 through the heart of their residential area. The colorful, engaging interviewees intimate larger themes of racism and social change with wisps of tales about zoot suits and South Main Street strolls.