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Goode Bryant and Poitras talk about how the question of what happens when two historically oppressed groups try to live side by side in a community undergoing gentrification.

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A poignant account of competing economic interests between two historically oppressed groups in Columbus, Ohio, seen through the politics and pain of gentrification.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, a Columbus City Council member talks about dealing with racism.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, Linda Mitchell's sister-in-law speaks movingly about Linda and her home.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, a realtor talks about what the neighborhood was like 20 years ago.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, a resident talks about being concerned by well-intentioned White people.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, a African American gay man talks about his views.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, a realtor chimes in with her views of the situation.

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In a forum between individuals highlighted in the film Flag Wars and the Columbus community at large, two residents share their opposing points of view.

  • Updated on March 31, 2014

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Film Information

Flag Wars (54 min.)

Premiere Date: June 17, 2003

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Filmmakers: Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras Bio | Interview

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Linda Goode Bryant
Linda Goode Bryant
Laura Poitras
Laura Poitras

Flag Wars’ narrative structure is designed to ‘drop’ the viewer into the film’s events so they gradually watch the story unfold and come to understand the community through the people who live there, rather than through talking heads or voice-overs.”

— Laura Poitras, Filmmaker

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Critical Acclaim

“Documentary finesse can . . . be seen in Flag Wars. . . . The film is fascinating point-of-view storytelling.”

&mdash Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

Flag Wars, the extraordinarily moving documentary by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras, tells the story of an increasingly common but little-documented American phenomenon — the economic and ideological clashes involved in urban gay gentrification . . . Featuring an immediate vérité style, unforgettable subjects, and a hauntingly elegiac jazz score by Graham Haynes, the film is as deeply moving as it is politically astute.”

&mdash The Advocate

The ‘gentrification’ of poor neighborhoods may sound like a good thing, if you're white and middle class. But what about the poorest of the poor who may own a ramshackle house and not have the money to make necessary repairs? This insightful documentary presents a black neighborhood invaded by white gays who seem at first unsympathetic to their black neighbors. But the seed of solution is here and it lies in unselfish volunteerism.”

&mdash M.S. Mason, Christian Science Monitor

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