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

  • November 5 – 13, 2016
  • WU's Brown Auditorium, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Public Library, Ritenour Auditorium

“Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television” —presented as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) Nov. 3-13 — includes screenings of narrative and documentary works that address the strong intersections between racial divisions and urban spaces. These 15 programs comprising 22 films will be accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, film subjects, Washington University and outside scholars, and national cultural critics, followed by Q&As with the audience.

'Pruitt-Igoe Myth'“Mean Streets” is a collaboration among Cinema St. Louis, Washington University Libraries, the Missouri History Museum, and Washington University’s Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture, with the participation of faculty from many Washington University programs and departments, including American Culture Studies, African and African-American Studies, Performing Arts, Political Science, History, and German and Jewish Studies.

“Mean Streets” is part of “The Divided City” initiative, a joint project of Washington University’s Center for the Humanities and the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design. “The Divided City” is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

With additional support from Washington University’s American Culture Studies program, “Mean Streets” also includes four filmmaking workshops to allow budding and experienced filmmakers to engage with professional media makers around issues of filmmaking process.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Find more information and a full schedule here.