Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television

Sponsored by Missouri Humanities Council, with support from Center for the Humanities at Washington University and Washington University Libraries

Presented in partnership with The Common Reader and Missouri History Museum

Mean Streets is partially supported by The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.

The Blood Is at the Doorstep

Sunday, November 12 at 2:00pm

Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, “The Blood Is at the Doorstep” provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most pressing social issues. A roofer by day, Nate Hamilton juggled community college and fatherhood... Read more

Copwatch

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm

In Ferguson, Michael Brown died after being shot by police. In New York, Eric Garner died after a chokehold by police. In Baltimore, Freddie Gray died being transported by police. The names of these men have been burned into our public consciousness, and the... Read more

The Field

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

Near the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction — between Jerusalem and Hevron — Ali Abu Awwad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-Violence. Despite a life filled with pain and conflict — his four years in an Israeli prison, his drive-by... Read more

For Ahkeem

Saturday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in nearby Ferguson, “For Ahkeem” is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high... Read more

In the Heat of the Night

Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm

As timely and relevant as it was in 1967 — an especially fraught time in the civil-rights movement, when American cities were riven by race riots — “In the Heat of the Night” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. An Oscar® winner as Best Picture, the film was... Read more

Marvin Booker Was Murdered

Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm

On July 9, 2010, Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher with mental-health issues, was killed by five sheriff deputies while being booked into the Denver Detention Center. The event was caught on tape and witnessed by more than 20 people. Yet the city of Denver... Read more

Nat Bates for Mayor

Saturday, November 11 at 1:00pm

“Nat Bates for Mayor” tells the story of the outrageous 2014 mayor's race in Richmond, home to the second-largest refinery in California. In a brazen move, Chevron spends more than $3 million to back 83-year-old African-American stalwart Nat Bates. Bates makes a... Read more

Never Been a Time

Sunday, November 5 at 7:30pm

“Never Been a Time” uses the 1917 East St. Louis race riot to unpack hidden facts that reveal the complexity of racism in all of America. The film links events separated by as much as a 100 years and as few as 20 miles, tracing the line between the East St. Louis... Read more

Priced Out

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00pm

At a time of skyrocketing racial and class tensions in America, “Priced Out” is an investigative and personal look at how housing prices are displacing Portland's black community and working families all across the city. The documentary explores the complexities... Read more

Street Fighting Men

Saturday, November 11 at 3:30pm

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged... Read more

True Conviction

Sunday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. That nightmare scenario is far too common: More than 30 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas County, Texas. Most of them are black men... Read more

Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras — murder capital of the world — orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future. Founded 25 years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central... Read more

Whose Streets?

Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe the Black Lives Matter movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it... Read more