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Brick by Brick

Brick By Brick (1982)
Director: Shirikiana Aina
16mm, color

Brick by Brick documents a late-’70s Washington, D.C., ignored by the media, from which poor Black residents are being pushed out. Images of monuments contrast with prescient images of gentrification and homelessness. An alternative is provided by the Seaton Street project, in which tenants united to purchase buildings. Participants discuss their effort as part of a worldwide struggle against displacement.

Kevin McMahon

Available for research at UCLA

Film Credits

Individual Role(s)
Shirikiana Aina Director
Ellen Sumter Cinematographer
Norma Blalock Cinematographer
Lester Wakefield Cast