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

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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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