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NYU Washington, DC and the Bertelsmann Foundation will co-host this evening's screening and discussion of, Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, DC as part of the DC Dialogues Chocolate City series. Featured speakers as part of the post-screening discussion include Kendall Ellis, Musician, Artist, Entrepreneur and Ron Moten, Community Organizer, Co-Founder, Don't Mute DC.

For decades, Washington, DC has been a beacon for Black culture and community. Now, however, a wave of economic and cultural gentrification occurring at breakneck speed threatens to erase this history. Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, DC, a documentary film by Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation, dives into this rich and colorful tapestry and the forces behind the gentrification that stand to mute it. The film interweaves scenes of protest as displaced communities take to the streets to rally around the city’s beloved Go-Go music.

Featuring interviews with legends of Go-Go such as Big Tony, Sugar Bear, and Anwan “Big G” Clover, as well as business leaders such as Richard “Dickie” Shannon of Horace and Dickie’s and Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl, the film offers an historical overview of the cultural and economic forces that made Washington, DC “Chocolate City”. But as protesters for racial justice took to the District’s streets in the summer of 2020, the music took on another life. The documentary follows this movement with vérité scenes of protests and marches that often centered Go-Go bands, performing live on the back of flatbed trucks.

Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom log-in details for the webinar. Please note that this session may be recorded. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

6:00 PM Film Start
7:00 PM Discussion 
8:00 PM Webinar End

NYU Washington, DC
Virtual Webinar (Zoom)

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The film thus documents a poetic moment in which the long-term citizens of Washington, DC – the communities most impacted by rampant gentrification – rally around the unique music to retake the streets and make their voices heard.

As protest organizer Terrence Odom recites from a poem that opens the film, “Just sit back and listen. This is a new resistance.”

GoGo City is an Official Selection of the American Documentary Film Festival, the NorthWest Documentary Film Festival, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival, and is the winner of the Spotlight Documentary Gold Award, and the Impact Documentary Award of Merit.