Gentrification: Film Screening and Workshop

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2 Events • 2 Dates • 2 Spaces

Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed and Mariposa Food Co-op present a two-part event about changes in our neighborhoods. The first event is a film screening, the second a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop. These events are open to the public—come to one or both. Pre-registration for the workshop is required.

Free documentary screening and discussion

Wednesday, November 11th, 7pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Shot over a four-year period, Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras’ Flag Wars is a poignant and very personal look at a community in Columbus, Ohio, undergoing gentrification. What happens when an influx of gay white homebuyers move into a working-class black neighborhood? As the new residents restore the beautiful but run-down homes, black homeowners must fight to hold onto their community and heritage. The inevitable clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call one's own. Winner of the Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Flag Wars is a candid, unvarnished portrait of privilege, poverty and local politics taking place across America.

This screening of Flag Wars will be followed by an open discussion facilitated by Mariposa Food Co-op's Food Justice and Anti-Racism Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

A workshop facilitated by Esteban Kelly and Morgan Andrews
Saturday, November 14th, 11am-4pm
Studio 34 Yoga | Healing | Arts
4522 Baltimore Avenue, West Philadelphia
Suggested tuition: $15-$35, sliding scale ($10 for Mariposa members). No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
**Pre-register by calling 215-730-0982, or email

IMAGE THEATRE is a branch of Theatre of the Oppressed rooted in the language of the human body. By sharpening our ability to "speak" this language, we can collectively communicate things that are too often lost in the language of words alone. Image Theatre workshops use a trust-building group process to tackle tough issues and challenge ourselves while having fun.

IMAGE THEATRE ON GENTRIFICATION will use themes from Flag Wars and our first-hand experiences to build movement, sound and dialogue about gentrification, culminating in action steps that we can take on as a community to move forward without trampling others underfoot. To participate, please pre-register by calling 215-730-0982, or email The workshop will start promptly at 11am. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch.

Pre-registration for this workshop was required. Call 215-730-0982 or email for info.

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