Mean Streets

“Mean Streets” draws big crowds at the St. Louis International Film Festival

By Alison Carrick on December 18, 2017

For the second year in a row, Washington University Libraries partnered with Cinema St. Louis and others to present “Mean Streets,” a five-day program of both narrative and documentary works that show how film and television reflect problems within U.S. society, including the overt an...

Scene from "For Ahkeem"

Documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ Screens Nov. 11 at St. Louis Film Festival

By ksinger on November 8, 2017

The new documentary “For Ahkeem” follows 17-year-old Daje Shelton after she has been expelled from her public high school in North St. Louis and is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy by Judge Jimmie Edwards. The film is part of the free program “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divi...

“Mean Streets”

By ksinger on October 18, 2017

Presented as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival, “Mean Streets” includes screenings of narrative and documentary works that address the strong intersections between racial divisions and urban spaces. “Whose Streets?,” “Copwatch,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “For Akh...

A scene from "For Ahkeem"

Libraries’ ‘Mean Streets’ Program Returns to St. Louis Film Festival

By ksinger on October 16, 2017

As part of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) Nov. 2-12, Washington University Libraries, Washington University’s Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Cinema St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum present “Mean Streets:...

The Divided City Initiative in St. Louis: Chi-Raq and Milwaukee 53206 Q&As

By Alison Carrick on January 31, 2017

The Mean Streets programming that was part of the Divided City Initiative also included films that examined the issues of segregation and how communities deal with mass incarceration and gun violence.  A high point of the program was the screening of Chi-Raq (dir. Spike Lee, 2015) with screenwrit...

The Divided City Initiative in St. Louis: Q&As from the Mean Streets Program

By Alison Carrick on January 20, 2017

Many films in the Mean Streets program featured St. Louis and the recent events in Ferguson that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and a national discussion about race, segregation, and police brutality. Bob’s Tour: Understanding What We See, directed by Washington University graduate...

The Divided City Initiative and Kartemquin Films: Q&As from the Mean Streets Program

By Alison Carrick on January 13, 2017

Last fall Washington University Libraries partnered with Cinema St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum, and Washington University’s Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture, to present “Mean Streets: The Divided City through the Lens of Film and Television” during the St. Louis International Film...