Screening of Films of The Movement for Justice in El Barrio

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From: "movementforjusticeinelbarrio at yahoo.com" 
<movementforjusticeinelbarrio at yahoo.com>

Over the next six months Maysles Cinema, a new theater devoted to
documentary film and operated by the Maysles Institute, presents an
in-depth examination of communities in New York undergoing change,
Rent Control: NYC Documented and Imagined.

Rent Control: East Harlem• Sunday, October 26 @ 6 pm

The Movement For Justice in El Barrio, an organization cited by the
Village Voice as "the Best Power to the People Movement in NYC," will
screen several of their own documentaries and we'll celebrate the 40th
anniversary of East Harlem's own Young Lords with Iris Morales'
Palante Siempre Palante! (1996)
Sunday, Oct. 26 6:00 pm

(All Films in Spanish and English)

March to Save Our Homes and Our Barrio

Dir. Marcos Meconi, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, 2007, 8 mins.

On August 26th, 2007, Movement for Justice in El Barrio led a historic
"March to Save Our Homes and Our Barrio" to stand their ground against
gentrification and displacement. They marched to New York City's Dept.
Of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) Service Center to
present prizes to the three worst landlords in East Harlem and deliver
the grand prize to HPD for being ultimately responsible for failing to
enforce NYC housing laws. Tenants set up an encampment at HPD to
symbolize the threat of homelessness that results from the
displacement of low-income communities and the destruction of
affordable housing.

International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio

Dir. Salvador Pantoja and Movement for Justice in El Barrio, 2008, 8 mins.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio has taken the struggle against
gentrification in New York City to an international level. Through the
new "International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio", they are
organizing on a transnational level to combat displacement in El
Barrio (East Harlem) by building a multi-national network to go after
one of their main targets, the multi-national corporation Dawnay, Day
Group at their central headquarters in London and on multiple
continents where they hold property.

March for Dignity and Against Displacement

Dir. Movement for Justice in El Barrio, 2008, 10 mins.

In a battle of David and Goliath proportions, Movement for Justice in
El Barrio successfully fought back against the efforts of the
multi-national British corporation Dawnay, Day's aggressive attempts
to displace tenants living in 47 East Harlem buildings. The East
Harlem community marched to celebrate the recently announced demise of
Dawnay, Day Group as it has fallen victim to its own greed and is
selling off its properties to cover its debt while it crashes to its
ruin. They also held a rally in front of Council Member Melissa Mark
Viverito's luxury townhouse to expose her actions in supporting
gentrification & displacement across Harlem.

NYC Encuentro for Dignity and Against Gentrification

Dir. Christine Peng and Movement for Justice in El Barrio, 2008, 30 mins.

In October of 2007, people from 26 social justice groups from around
the region gathered in East Harlem for the first-ever historic "NYC
Encuentro for Dignity and Against Gentrification." Movement for
Justice in El Barrio invited groups from around the city who are
fighting against gentrification from the ground up to come share who
they are, what problems they face, who or what is their enemy and what
are their dreams. This film tells the story of what was said.
Featuring: CAAAV, FIERCE, Make the Road New York, Movement for Justice
in El Barrio, UNYTE, West Side SRO Law Project.

Panel: Movement For Justice in El Barrio
Sonia Guzman, Josefina Salazar, Filiberto Hernandez and Oscar Dominguez

Sunday, Oct. 26
8:00 pm

Palante Siempre Palante!
Dir. Iris Morales, 1996, 48 mins.

Through on-camera interviews with former members, archival footage,
photographs and music, the documentary surveys Puerto Rican history,
the Young Lords' political vision and actions, and the organization's
legacy.In the midst of the African American liberation struggle,
protests to end the Vietnam War and the women's movement for
equalityPuerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic,
racial and social justice. From Chicago streets to the barrios of New
York City and other urban centers, the Young Lords emerged to demand
decent living conditions and raised a militant voice for the
empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States
and for the
independence of Puerto Rico.


Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue (between 127th and 128th Streets)
Suggested Admission: $7. Box office opens 1 hour before show time.








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