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Dislocation (2005)

In February 2002, families living in the Robert Taylor Homes public housing development were given a 180 day notice of eviction. In six months, the community that had been their home for ... See full summary »

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In February 2002, families living in the Robert Taylor Homes public housing development were given a 180 day notice of eviction. In six months, the community that had been their home for generations would be demolished. DISLOCATION chronicles the lives of tenants in one building as they move through the six-month relocation process. The filmmakers follow three families as they prepare for their own move and as they help others around them. DISLOCATION is a story of a community coping with its own impending demise. It is a tale of courage, hope, and survival. Written by Sudhir Venkatesh

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Documentary about housing projects in Chicago
17 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

DisLocation is about African American families in Chicago. They live in one of the worse project of the country, the Robert Taylor Homes. These families will have to move soon, because their building will be demolished. Director (and Columbia sociology professor) Sudhir Venkatesh follows LeeLee and Chuck, two residents from Robert Taylor. They have a very hard time, because the Housing Authority will only help the "good" tenants - those who pay rent and bills on time, let alone the squatters.

DisLocation tells the irony of the process. While the displacement is supposed to improve the tenant's quality of life (the Robert Taylor Homes are really crappy), it shatters the existing community and the informal ties that would help the most vulnerable tenants. Some tenants benefit from the process, while other won't (at all), depending on their ability to gather support.


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