Owned: A Tale of Two Americas – Film Screening

May 21, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

NOTE: Location TBA

Presented as part of The Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series.
In partnership with Legal Services of Central New York, CNY Fair Housing, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Onondaga County Bar Association, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the WHJ Minority Bar Association of Central New York.

How many of us know the dark backstory behind the creation of suburbia? This visually rich, energetic film untangles the complex history of homeownership in America. Revealing the roots of its racist underpinnings and the systematic unequal division of opportunity between whites and blacks in the U.S. housing economy, the film demonstrates how racial inequality was institutionalized in the postwar U.S. housing market, with effects that continue to reverberate today.

Free and open to the public. Followed by a moderated discussion.
(Also screened will be the short film: Redlining in Syracuse)

About the “What If…” Film Series
The “What If…” Film Series offers free screenings, with moderated discussions, on community change efforts across the country. The purpose of the Series is to screen documentary films that address a community or social issue and show how communities are working to bring about positive social change on this issue. Films are selected based upon their resonance with community issues in Syracuse, NY and the surrounding area and the ability to spark ideas on how our community can also change by asking “What if we tried this in Syracuse?”