REDLINED Documentary Wins Berkeley Film Award
California Community Builders’ Film Gets Prize for Documenting Historical Roots of the Homeownership and Wealth Gap Between Whites, Minorities
BERKELEY, CA (November 1, 2019) California Community Builder’s short documentary film Redlined, A Legacy of Housing Discrimination has won the Grand Festival Educational Documentary Award at the 28th Annual Berkeley Video and Movie Festival.
Blending historical footage and interviews with housing experts, the 15-minute film traces the legacy of housing discrimination by government programs and financial institutions that shut African Americans and other minorities out of homeownership for decades.
That disparity in homeownership rates continues and is at the core of the racial wealth gap today, the film maintains.
Mel Vapour, Festival Director, said “the jury was very impressed with their piece. There was a splendid use of archival footage from the ’50s and ’60s, and in a short very period of time it told a unique story about redlining. It’s very skillfully made.”
Directed by Angel Cardenas, and written and produced by Ron Chavez, Redlined was one of 37 documentaries entered for the festival, which receives about 150 submissions a year.
“We are thrilled to receive such a prestigious honor from the Berkeley Video and Film Festival,” said John Gamboa, President of California Community Builders, a non-profit organization of community leaders and advocates. “More importantly, we’re gratified that the award will underscore our message that we need to reverse give families of color a chance to own their own home and start closing the wealth gap in America.”
Redlined, A Legacy of Housing Discrimination will be screened at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, November 3, at the East Bay Media Center, located at 1939 Addison Street in Berkeley.
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