The Urban Institute and HBO hosted a special event on the
HBO Documentary Film Class Divide.
The discussion includes
Scott Kratz, director, 11th Street Bridge Project
Marc Levin, director, Class Divide
Oramenta F. Newsome, vice president, LISC DC
Dawn Phillips, executive director, Right to the City Alliance
Sarah Rosen Wartell, president, Urban Institute (moderator)
About Class Divide
The thought-provoking documentary Class Divide is a timely look at the widening divide between the “haves” and “have nots.” Young people on both sides of the gap offer unique and honest insights that challenge common perceptions about inequality today.
In the final part of their trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people, director Marc Levin and producer Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags and Hard Times: Lost on Long Island) explore the effects of hyper-gentrification and rising economic disparity in one New York City neighborhood, which can be seen as a microcosm of the socioeconomic imbalances across the country, and the world. The film bears witness to the profound effects of gentrification and stagnant class mobility on young people who share a West Chelsea community -- yet live in very different worlds -- as they try to navigate this rapidly changing landscape.
The event has been organized with the Michon Boston Group.