(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles

(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, 2018
Duration 15:16 min

(Re)Housing the American Dream is an ongoing community-based performative documentary project that explores the role of film as political action. (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles explores the historical, cultural and personal notions of freedom through performative actions that have been developed collectively during a one-week intensive film production. The group spent a significant amount of their time exploring the roots to various freedom struggles in Milwaukee, specifically looking to the speech and actions of the youth chapter of the NAACP, who were instrumental in leading a number of civil rights protests in the city in the 1960s. Together, the artist and participants moved throughout the city, visiting the different historical sites where important civil rights actions took place. Marking, building, commemorating, (re)claiming, imagining, occupying, embodying, framing, performing, transmitting many facetted ways freedom can take form.

Director/Editor: Kirsten Leenaars
Assistant Director: Lindsey Barlag-Thornton
Camera: Ellie Hall and Orlando Pinder
Sound: Jimmy Schauss
Production Assistants: Li Ming Hu and Zachary Hutchinson
Composer: Paul Deuth

Performers: Isa Ali Ahmad, Nur Ali Ahmad, Yusof Ali Ahmad, Rokimah Ali Ahmad, Alanis Aranda-Salgado, Javon Amin Barker, Elsa Grace Berner, Paw Htoo Boe, Iman Fatmi, Nina Jackson, Vittoria Patricia Lucchesi, Amina Mohamed, Rahma Mohamed, Malechi Moore, Matthew Moore, Grace Elaine Ohlendorf, Ju Hta Paw, Hannah Plevin, Paw Boe Say and Naw Tha Da