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I Choose to Stay Here

Film by Rosemary Cubas, Barry Dornfeld, Debora Kodish, Elizabeth Segarra, Iris Torres
Produced by Barry Dornfeld and Debora Kodish
Cinematographer: Barry Dornfeld with Filmon Mehbrahtu and Anula Shetty
Sound: Debora Kodish and Elizabeth Segarra
Editing: Barry Dornfeld and Debora Kodish with Sharon Mullally
Copyright: 2002, Philadelphia Folklore Project
23 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2002
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This documentary follows a group of people opposing the city of Philadelphia’s “takings” of private homes: the little-known downside of the city’s “redevelopment” initiative. “I Choose to Stay Here” shows people fighting city hall for the right to define and preserve viable communities, and tracks their struggle for justice. Includes music by Philadelphia pleña musician Joaquin Rivera. The documentary is a collaboration between the Community Leadership Institute, the Philadelphia Folklore Project and filmmaker Barry Dornfeld.


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