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Made In Harlem

  • Shepard Hall (Rooms 290/291) 259 Convent Ave at 140th St. New York, New York (map)

Maysles Cinema at the MDC, The CCNY Doc Forum, and Third World Newsreel Present:

Made in Harlem

At City College Shepard Hall (Rooms 290/291)
259 Convent Ave at 140th St.


Rezoning Harlem: The Battle Over Harlem’s Future

Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, 2008, 40 min.
Rezoning Harlem follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their legendary neighborhood and replace it with luxury housing, offices, and big-box retail.

Filmmakers' Statement:
"The 125th Street rezoning was an intense time line; we were uptown in Harlem, we were downtown at City Planning and City Hall, talking to as many people as we could and filming as much as possible. We worked closely with community members and urban planners to unravel the often cryptic planning language and navigate through the various steps in the city's land use process. We focused on historic preservation, small businesses, housing and displacement, height limits, the connection between the real estate industry and politics, and the over-arching theme: the community of Harlem that was left out of the planning process."



Annmarie Soba, 2016, 8 min
A teenage girl reacts in outrage as her South Bronx neighborhood begins the process of gentrification. This film was produced at the Maysles Documentary Center in the Van Lier Fellowship program.


Uptown Underdog

Nuhi de Stani, 2016, 13 min
Michael Henry Adams -- author of “Harlem: Lost and Found, an Architectural and Social History, 1765-1915” and the forthcoming “Homo Harlem: Lesbian and Gay Life in the African-American Cultural Capital, 1915-1995” -- finds himself in a constant battle against greed and cultural destruction.


Snacks from a local Harlem eatery to precede program.
Q&A with Nuhi de Stani and Michael Henry Adams to follow screening.

Third World Newsreel is a progressive alternative media center that distributes, produces and trains, focusing on media by and about people of color.  It is celebrating its 50th year of progressive media making

This program is part of Made in Harlem, (March-May 2017), a film series for, by and about Harlem, and including Harlem-made films, filmmakers, speakers and subjects. Made in Harlem is sponsored by the West Harlem Development Corporation.

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