Seattle International Film Festival announced their 2015 Festival Line Up, including the premiere of our film Even the Walls, directed by Saman Maydani and Sarah Kuck. The film will play during the festival’s ShortsFest weekend, at the Harvard Exit Theater, May 23rd, at 11am.
Even the Walls is a 27-minute documentary, produced in Seattle over the last year. Traveling throughout the changing landscape of a once tight-knit community, and weaving in and out of personal vignettes, the film explores the diversity of experiences had while living in Yesler Terrace.
“We hope that the universality of the characters’ stories will help everyone connect to why gentrification is painful. Many people feel gentrification is for the best, and have a difficult time connecting emotionally with why being financially forced to move would be difficult. We see this film as a tool for building empathy.” Kuck said.
Unable to say goodbye to their homes or to each other, the residents of Seattle’s Yesler Terrace continue life as usual, taking care of the neighborhood children and tending their gardens. But time is running out. Over the next few years, developers will be transitioning their public-housing neighborhood to mixed-income, mixed retail. While some have already chosen to leave, others are still deciding what they will do next. Even the Walls collects what evidence is left of more than seven decades of carefully cultivated human connectivity.
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