Anthology Film Archives


November 18 – November 24


Available for streaming rental from Nov 18-24

In December, Anthology hosted the national traveling exhibition, “We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media,” which chronicled the hidden histories of place-based documentaries that situate their collaborative practices in specific locales, communities, and needs for social and political change. One of the programs in “We Tell” – entitled “Turf” – showcased works that dig out the complexities and politics of gentrification, homelessness, housing, and the significance of urban spaces for democratic participation. Now, as part of Anthology’s ongoing series, “Home Truths: Films About Housing Rights, Displacement, and the Meaning of Home,” we’re pleased to host an encore presentation of “Turf,” in the form of a week-long virtual engagement.

Spanning cities such as Braddock, Pennsylvania; Detroit; Houston; New Orleans; NYC; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Seattle, the videos in “Turf” reveal that cities have transformed into battlegrounds between communities and those in power who would take land and space to expand economic and political power.

“We Tell” has been curated by Louis Massiah (Scribe Video Center) and Patricia R. Zimmermann (Ithaca College), with research and archival assistance from XFR Collective. Support for “We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media” is provided by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Scribe Video Center.

"Turf" will be available from November 18-24 for a streaming rental fee of $6, via this link.

SIT: MUST YOU PAY THE RENT? (Jeanne Keller, New Orleans Video Access, 1975, 12 min, video)
THE INVISIBLE CITY: HOUSTON’S HOUSING CRISIS; PART 2: MESSAGES (James Blue & Adèle Naudé Santos, South West Alternative Media Project, 1979, 28 min, video)
VOICES FROM A STEELTOWN (Tony Buba, 1983, 28 min, video)
OCCUPY PORTLAND EVICTION DEFENSE (Tim and Rio, B Media Collective, 2011, 5.5 min, digital)
WHY ARCHIVE? (Activist Archivists, 2012, 1.5 min, digital)
TAKE ME HOME (Orlando Ford, Detroit Narrative Agency, 2018, 12 min, digital)

Total running time: ca. 90 min.

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