A film from Belltower Pictures

‟Stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TEDGlobal 2009

News coverage offers steady, lurid stories of violence, gangs and drugs in public housing. But to many Americans, public housing and urban poverty are “issues” that remain out of sight and out of mind.

In this film, these issues take on human faces. We’ll get to know current and former residents of the projects and hear them tell their own compelling stories. We’ll see how they’re surviving and thriving in spite of… and often because of the challenges they've had to overcome.

Belltower Pictures and VPM, Virginia’s home for Public Media, are partnering on the production and distribution of the film. VPM will air the documentary in central Virginia and will offer it for broadcast by other PBS-affiliated stations. VPM is providing major funding for the project.

The fortune, the fame, it's all in the game.
Nice cars, big chains: crack to cocaine.
Dope man serving dope man to whomever - rain sleet or snow man.
My illusions came from dudes cruising with broads on Broad Street.
Weekends popping, bodies dropping that's shhh.
Money, power, respect is what I need to be that dude.

(from a poem by Von, one of the people we’re following in the film)

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