Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three Cities


The Main 5 Sat, Apr 15, 2023 11:40 AM
The Main 5 Mon, Apr 17, 2023 1:00 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Milgrom Tribute
Women & Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:74 min
Print Source:One Story Up
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Human Rights
Black Perspectives
Women Directors
Director:Sam Pollard
Asako Gladsjo
Producer:Christalyn Hampton
Geeta Gandbhir
Cinematographer:Edward Martinez
Keith Walker
Asad Faruqi
Editor:Yusuf Kapadia
John S. Fisher
Composer:Vernon Reid


Black people made America rich -- yet building prosperity in Black communities has been a constant challenge. Acclaimed filmmakers Sam Pollard and Asako Gladsjo’s documentary portrait offers rays of hope, suggesting that a more equitable future may be possible.

Violent attacks on ‘Black Wall Streets’ like Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wilmington, North Carolina gave way to predatory practices and unfair policies that achieved the same results. But people in these communities refuse to surrender to the destructive cycle. Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three Cities follows change-makers in Wilmington, Atlanta, and Chicago as they build economic justice through homeownership, local politics, urban farming, and entrepreneurship. The efforts of realtor Brenda Dixon, mayoral candidate khalid kamau, club owner Devon Woodson, and social change artist Erika Allen demonstrate that a better, more equitable, future can be possible.

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