We will be showing the film "Spanish Lake" on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 PM in Steinberg Auditorium, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis.
"HOW FERGUSON BECAME FERGUSON."
–– Village Voice
The screening is free and open to the public. We will be providing complimentary popcorn and candy. The screening is the first in a series of
events addressing current issues of concern in north St. Louis city and
Like Ferguson, Spanish Lake is a community in north
St. Louis County which has undergone rapid racial, economic and
demographic change in recent decades. The forces driving the societal
changes in Spanish Lake parallel many of those in Ferguson. The most
significant between them: Ferguson is incorporated as an independent municipality while Spanish Lake remains a part of unincorporated St. Louis County.
The film makes clear the important financial, governmental and policy factors driving these rapid changes.
One of the films greatest strengths is that we get to hear from
individuals on the ground who made different decisions which resulted in
the changes we see in the community. We hear people speaking from
various viewpoints: White residents who remained or fled, new Black
residents, Realtors, landlords and other community stakeholders. The
Spanish Lake's history, intersection with the City of St. Louis, Federal
and local housing policies along with other social and economic forces
are dramatically and poignantly portrayed.
For a period of time
following Michael Brown's shooting, St. Louis area theaters withdrew
the film from distribution for fear that it might increase anger and
frustration in the local community. In this sense, the film was censored
from its planned local distribution.
You can find the Facebook event page here.
Please feel free to share this invitation to others who might be interested in attending.