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Released: 2003

Running Time: 86 mins

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Flag Wars

Set in Columbus, Ohio, FLAG WARS follows what happens when black working-class families are faced with an influx of white gay homebuyers in their neighborhood.  Filmed over four years, FLAG WARS captures the raw emotions of unguarded moments between neighbors: the lesbian realtor who sells the area’s Victorian homes; a new homebuyer who moves to the area to live openly as a gay man; two longtime residents who are in court because of new housing codes; and the judge who hears their cases. From porch conversations and family dinners to public hearings and street protests, FLAG WARS provides a rare and extraordinarily intimate account of the social and human consequences of capitalism and the pursuit of the “American Dream” told through the lives of residents in a community confronted by gentrification.

Directed by Linda Goode Bryant, co-directed by Laura Poitras.