A South Side Chicago community’s five-year fight for respect in the face of displacement.

Throughout November 2022 the feature version of THE AREA will be available for free streaming through MAS Context. Visit the Watch page for details.

Laurels for the Full Frame Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, SF IndieFest, and the Freep Film Festival

The Area is a complex, issue-driven documentary analyzing the erasure of a neighborhood, and shining a light on the meaning of community.

LaToya Cross
South Side Weekly

This is exactly how systemic racism operates: You don’t have to do anything special to make it happen. Systems do what they were designed to do … You would have to actually try for it to not happen.

Marisa Novara
Metropolitan Planning Council

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Deborah Payne reflects on the first year of screening THE AREA