After the hurricane - Chris Ivey at Centerprise bookshop, 7pm, Tuesday May 8, 136/138 Kingsland High Sreet, Hackney E8

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After the hurricane - Chris Ivey at Centerprise bookshop, 7pm, Tuesday May 8, 136/138 Kingsland High Sreet, Hackney E8

In the summer of 2005 the world was stunned at the plight of the people of New Orleans

In the couple of years since the devastation, the rebuilding has resulted in ethnic and social cleansing on a massive scale

Film maker Chris Ivey will be showing footage that he has shot and talking about events that have happened since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

@ 7pm, Tuesday May 8, Centerprise bookshop, 136/138 Kingsland High Sreet, Hackney E8 2NS
Free admission

This is the main reason he is over here for though:

Mon 7 May • Hackney Independent presents the British premiere of

EAST OF LIBERTY (Chapter One: A Story of Good Intentions) (15) 1.00pm
(USA 2006) Dir: Chris Ivey, 90m. Entry £4. Dalston Rio Cinema.

A hard-hitting documentary about rampant gentrification and bad planning in Pittsburgh, USA.

In May 2005 Chris Ivey was hired to document the knocking down of the infamous East Mall tower block in the East Liberty neighbourhood or Pittsburgh. Notorious for drugs and crime, it seemed that nobody would mourn its demise. But while there he heard the voices of the residents themselves as they expressed anger and anxiousness absent from the talk of business and the regeneration company. Ivey kept on filming – over eighty hours in all, with the final ninety minute cut pitching the excluded against planners, reality against gloss.

The subject of this documentary is just as applicable to Hackney as it is in every major city in the US. In the fight for space in the urban world, is it inevitable that wealth triumphs?

Chris Ivey will attending the premiere and answering questions afterwards. On the prospect of showing his film here he said: "I'm really looking to forward to coming to Hackney to show my film. Gentrification isn't just happening here in the States, it's also happening all over the world too. Sometimes it's race, and sometimes it's class, but it always comes down to the money – who has it and who doesn't, and if you don't have it you'll get screwed."

www.eastofliberty.hackneyindependent.org
www.myspace.com/east_of_liberty