Fair Housing: Film & Video Recommendations
Short videos, documentaries, and a feature-length major motion picture help to educate about housing discrimination, segregation, and the people working to correct these social and economic wrongs. Below are just a few examples that highlight that effort.
The Banker (Trailer)

In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs (Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson) hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration—and equal access to the American Dream. Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long co-star in this drama inspired by true events.

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs | Adam Ruins Everything (6 minutes)

Redlining: the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today.

Why Cities Are Still So Segregated | Let’s Talk | NPR (6 minutes)

In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.

America Divided: A House Divided (44 minutes)

Norman Lear explores the housing divide in New York City, where he is confronted by one of the nation’s starkest images of inequality: a record number of homeless people living in the shadows of luxury skyscrapers filled with apartments purposely being kept empty.

The creator of “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” speaks with tenants, realtors, homeless people, housing activists, landlords and city officials — investigating the Big Apple’s affordability crisis, hedge fund speculation on residential housing, and a legacy of racist discrimination that still persists today.

A Matter of Place (27 minutes)

Connecting past struggles for fair housing to contemporary incidents of housing bias based on race, sexual orientation, disability, and source of income, the film presents three stories of people who faced housing discrimination in present-day New York City. They poignantly describe the injuries inflicted on them during these incidents, as well as their resolve to fight for justice.

Seven Days Documentary | 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act (9 minutes)

When a single gunshot rings out at a Memphis motel, civil unrest breaks out across the country. President Johnson, long frustrated by his inability to improve housing conditions for people of color, scrambles to use the crisis to push a fair housing bill through a reluctant Congress. With few days to spare and many arms to twist, he and two young Senators – Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale –  attempt to pass the bill before the slain civil rights leader is laid to rest.

The Fair Housing Act was ultimately passed just seven days after Dr. Martin Luther King’s untimely death.

Produced by the National Fair Housing Alliance in collaboration with Nationwide, this short film reminds us of the backdrop that led to the passage of this landmark civil rights law and its deep significance, and compels us all to complete the unfinished work of the Act.

Source: "April is Fair Housing Month"