Razing Liberty Square

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6:00 PM, Thursday, January 18, 2024 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

Please join Mt Baker Meaningful Movies, West Seattle Meaningful Movies, First Church Meaningful Movies and Independent Lens for our free upcoming event on January 18th. At 6PM we will be streaming the film Razing Liberty Square on our Meaningful Movies Maestro Channel located at: https://maestro.tv/indielens/meaningful-movies-project. After the film, we will have a community conversation on Zoom located at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84322063054?pwd=UWxOQjJIUG53cS9ubXd0MWRHY2ZUZz09.

This will be Part 1 of a two part event on gentrification and homelessness. Part 2 will be held on January 21st at noon.

First Church Seattle Meaningful Movies, co-sponsored by the Mt. Baker and West Seattle Meaningful Movies groups, invites you to watch Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance prior to our hybrid (online and in-person) discussion on homelessness, Sunday, January 21 from noon – 1:00.  The documentary will provide some background understanding for this hybrid event. The film’s director Melinda Raebyne will be the first speaker followed by two other speakers who will address the myths, statistics, and policies related to homelessness in King County.  The goal is to energize participants to take action on behalf of the homeless population.

At the January 21st event, we  also will talk about Razing Liberty Square.  Both films will be used as a springboard for a conversation about homelessness, including gentrification and climate change.

Participants can register in advance to see Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance at https://firstchurchseattle.breezechms.com/form/6e4389289596509791367741722  The link to the film will be sent to you by email, available for viewing two weeks in advance (January 7), free to registered participants.  The link to the online presentation and discussion will also be sent to you after registration.

 

Description of Razing Liberty Square:

Liberty City, Miami, was home to one of the oldest segregated public housing projects in the U.S. Now with rising sea levels, the neighborhood’s higher ground has become something else: real estate gold. Wealthy property owners push inland to higher ground, creating a speculators’ market in the historically Black neighborhood previously ignored by developers and policy-makers alike.

Description of Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance:

Camp Second Chance is an encampment founded by the homeless to foster an environment that allows them to become productive people in society.  In this powerful award-winning film, director Melinda Raebyne embeds herself one winter at one of Seattle’s homeless camps, Camp Second Chance, challenging public ignorance and humanizing a population that locals would rather neglect, sharing some of their personal stories and her actual experience of what it’s like to be homeless.  “Stories of Us” are their stories and ours, ones of triumph, showing us that the power lies within our own willpower not to just survive but to thrive. “Stories of Us” premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival to two sold out screenings. It was awarded the Turner Legacy Award by Meaningful Movies Project in 2020 and the Audience Choice Award at the Tacoma Film Festival.

Release Year: 2023

Running Time: 86 minutes

Director: Katja Esson

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