Claiming Open Spaces

African-American culture clashes with the design of the modern American city.

Premiere Date
December 1, 1996
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Austin Allen

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The Film

The city parks of Columbus, New Orleans, Detroit, Oakland, and Montgomery, and the African-Americans who frequent them, are the subjects of this urban documentary. Public spaces, and the ways in which we use them, sometimes conflict with official city planning.