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A Right to the City – Brick by Brick (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

June 10, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A right to the city

As part of our ongoing A Right to the City speakers series, join us for a very special screening of the film Brick by Brick and discussion with filmmakers Shirikiana Aina and Merawi Gerima. In conversation with Samir Meghelli of the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum, the film’s director Aina and as well as Gerima will discuss their work to document neighborhood change and gentrification in Washington, DC.

This discussion is part of our ongoing series with the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum and American University’s Metropolitan Policy Center.

We will host the event on our Youtube and Facebook channels.

RSVP here.

About the film: Brick by Brick documents a late-’70s Washington, D.C., ignored by the media, from which poor Black residents are being pushed out. Images of monuments contrast with prescient images of gentrification and homelessness. An alternative is provided by the Seaton Street project, in which tenants united to purchase buildings. Participants discuss their effort as part of a worldwide struggle against displacement.

About the speakers:
Shirikiana AinaShirikiana Aina is an independent filmmaker in Washington, DC where she resides with family.  She has taught film at Howard University and in addition to filmmaking is currently owner of Sankofa Video and Bookstore.  She is co-producer of the movie SANKOFA, TEZA, and ADWA.  She is director of BRICK BY BRICK, a documentary on housing and displacement in Washington, DC in the 1970’s; THROUGH THE DOOR OF NO RETURN, a personal journey as filmmaker attempts to bridge a 400 year gap between herself and the African Continent.  She has BA degree from Howard University and MA from UCLA.

Her awards include:

  • Grand Prize, Documentary, Luxor Film Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival, Sankofa
  • Juror’s Discretionary Award in Film, Three Rivers Arts Festival
  • Black American Cinema Society
  • Honoree, Women in the Director’s Chair, AFI Awards
  • Community Choice Award, National Black Media Consortium, Prized Pieces

Aina is a mother of six. She and her husband Haile Gerima own Negod Gwad Productions that produces their films, and Mypheduh Films that distributes them.

Merawi Gerima

Merawi Gerima is a filmmaker from Washington DC. This origin informs his work and his community-centered orientation. RESIDUE, his first feature, was a total communal endeavor, made possible primarily by the effort of the people it attempts to portray.  Following its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, RESIDUE was honored with the festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Acting Award for star Obinna Nwachukwu. RESIDUE was awarded Special Mention at the 77th Venice International Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori and won the John Cassavettes Award at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Gerima is a graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). He is the son of celebrated filmmakers Haile Gerima and Shirikiana Aina, legendary figures in the L.A. Rebellion film movement.


June 10, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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