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Jackson Wild Film Showcase: RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE (2023)

Jackson Wild Film Showcase: RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE (2023)



Jackson Wild Film Showcase: Razing Liberty Square

Wednesday, 7/17  7:00-8:30PM

Winsor Room

Cosponsored by Radnor Conservancy 


Jackson Wild Film Showcase is eager to share the best wildlife, nature and science films from their Awards and World Wildlife Day Film Showcase with local audiences like ours. The powerful and inspiring films were curated from entries and nominations from 17 countries around the world.

RML will screen 3 award-winning films this summer-- helping to connect more people to the natural world through film.

For over 30 years, Jackson Wild has been a catalyst for accelerating and elevating impactful storytelling at the nexus of nature, science, and conservation.


As rising seas threaten Miami’s luxurious beachfront, wealthy property owners are pushing inland to higher ground. Residents of the historically Black neighborhood of Liberty Square—the first segregated public housing project in the South—are the new target of an upcoming “revitalization” project due to their location 12 feet above sea level. RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE, a film by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Katja Esson, is a character-driven verité documentary that weaves personal stories with the larger social justice narrative of climate gentrification. Foremost, it is about a community fighting to save itself from being erased in a rapidly changing Miami.

The film begins in 2017, at the very time when the first homes of Liberty Square are razed to the ground to make way for a new $300 million mixed-income development. Initially, the community is hopeful this development will be different than past urban renewal projects, but it soon becomes clear it will be yet another instance in Miami’s long history of broken promises. RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE shares perspectives from residents, community advocates, teachers, developers, and politicians— with active resistance being led by neighborhood women, including a single mother of seven who has lived in public housing all her life, the founder and principal of Liberty Square’s only alternative school, and a local environmental activist who educates her community about Climate Gentrification.

RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE provides a looking glass for contemporary issues of wide-scale significance: the affordable housing crisis; the impact of systemic racism; and climate gentrification. While focused on Miami, which is experiencing sea level rise ahead of many other places, the story of Liberty Square is a prescient reminder of what is to come in communities across the U.S. and world.



Wednesday, July 17, 2024
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Winsor Room
Radnor Memorial Library
  Adults     Seniors     Teens  
  Movies     STEM/STEAM  


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