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Film Night: Dogtown Redemption

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The term “gentrification” punctuates daily conversation in the socially conscious Bay Area, but when those being impacted lack social visibility — such as people living on the streets — the impacts of displacement often still go overlooked. As the Express has previously reported, the 2015 documentary Dogtown Redemption, by Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush, tells the story of three low-income residents of West Oakland who spend their days carting recyclables to Alliance Metals, a recycling center that is set to close down this month. The closure of the center, which has been reducing waste and providing homeless populations in West Oakland with a means of survival for more than thirty years, will leave many West Oakland residents without a source of income and the rest of the population’s excessive waste in transit to local landfills. The film will be screening at Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland) community center as part of the Liberated Lens Local Film Night on Tuesday.

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