Ken Burns Presents...East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story Screening

Ken Burns Presents...East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story Screening

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986. Use restricted after June 3, 2020.

Join WXXI for a sneak preview of a new documentary that tackles the impact of racism on public housing.

East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, is the subject of a new documentary by Sarah Burns and David McMahon that tackles the impact of racism on housing while also exploring the daily lives of those who called East Lake Meadows home. WXXI presents a sneak peek at East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, which is executive produced by Ken Burns, on Monday, March 16 at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester). 

The screening will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion and a reception with refreshments. Panelist TBA. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve your seat. 

More about the film:
East Lake Meadows tells the stories of more than a dozen families who lived in the community between the 1970s and its demolition in the mid-1990s, including the Lightfoot family and four generations of the family of Eva Davis, the long-time tenant leader at East Lake Meadows. The film documents the tremendous hardships faced by East Lake families; the lack of access to grocery stores and fresh produce; the impact of devastating unemployment and poverty; conditions that included mold, leaky pipes, and collapsing walls and ceilings; and the seemingly ubiquitous presence of crime, drugs and guns. It also follows the births of children, celebration of holidays, daily activities in schools and the ways in which residents were “making a way out of no way.” East Lake Meadow will makes its television debut on WXXI-TV on Tuesdsay, March 24 at 8 p.m. 

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

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