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Owned: A Tale of Two Americas | Independent Lens

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
David Usui
Lanvale grocery in Baltimore, MD

Mon. Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Exposé on how the American housing policy market has been manipulated for years in discriminatory ways.

Is the “American Dream” of home ownership a false promise? While the government’s postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class, it also set America on two divergent paths – one of perceived wealth and the other of systematically defunded, segregated communities.

The crash of suburbia and urban unrest are not unrelated phenomena. They are a result of the United States’ racist housing policies, which have created vulnerable subcultures in our build environments. Throughout the film, it becomes clear that society cannot continue in a segregated state. Ultimately, the contrasting communities created by the country’s housing history may have more in common with each other than they expect.

Watch the special at video.wkar.org during or after the premiere date.

Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film, airing Monday nights on PBS member stations and available to stream on the PBS Video App.

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