Mean Streets

Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, with support from the Center for the Humanities at Washington University’ The Divided City 

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 an initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.

Davy Rothbart

In 1999, 9-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his Washington, D.C., family began to film their daily lives in America's most dangerous…

Jacqueline Olive

In the small town of Bladenboro, N.C., 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set on Aug. 29, 2014. Despite inconsistencies in the…

Brian Schodorf

Much is said about the violence that plagues Chicago’s hyper-segregated communities. But what is known about the systems that created them, the…

Judith Helfand

Chicago suffered the worst heat disaster in U.S history in 1995, when 739 residents — mostly elderly and black — died over the course of one week…

Gretchen Hildebran & Vivian Vazquez

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit,…

Alexander John Glustrom

Mossville, La., is a shadow of its former self. Once a community rich in natural resources and history, Mossville was founded by formerly enslaved…

Molly Stuart

Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military and becomes…

Andrew Elizaga & Tia Young

Because of the steady exodus of African Americans from the rapidly gentrifying, historically black neighborhood of Seattle’s Central District, the…

Bernard Attal

In 2014, Geovane, a young man from a poor neighborhood in Brazil, was arrested by the military police and never seen again. Assisted by the local…

Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan's much-lauded short documentary (U.S., 2019, 28 min.) — which debuted at Tribeca and is one of the first films from…

Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte

The year 2018 marked the centenary of the birth of South African leader Nelson Mandela, who seized center stage during a historic trial in 1963…

Roberto Minervini

In the summer of 2017, a string of brutal police killings of young African-American men sends shock waves throughout the country. In New Orleans,…