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“As much as Not in My Neighbourhood is a film that takes it viewers to the frontlines of the global battle against dispossession, police brutality and gentrification, it is not a dour or aesthetically limited film. In fact, it may perk you up a little, correct your posture and have you looking at that new neighbourhood development with new eyes.” 

“Engrossing and most impactful. We witness people, everyday people, occupy abandoned buildings to provide shelter for families and force government recognition in Brazil. In South Africa, folks show up to official conferences and demand straight responses. And, of course, Brooklynites are out and about, filming cops and being foot soldiers. The editing is seamless, the photography has a “captured in the moment” in your face feel, forcing one to look directly at immorality and state-sponsored terror – which is what denying affordable housing and property is.”

“Orderson’s use of various points-of-view and types of camera movement (helicopter shots, bird-eye-view, methodical pans up and away from tenements and city grids) is deceptively eye-opening. Of course, these types of shots are common in most films. But in Not in My Neighbourhood they highlight the grandeur of three metropolises; bring complicated maps intro sharp relief; and point out ways we’re not looking, or can’t look at the subject with clear eyes. In this way, Orderson’s camera works like a comrade, liberating certain perspectives for the viewer, helping to create and spread a kind of propaganda that counteracts the ubiquity of “Cash-4-Home” flyers spamming Black and Brown communities, plus slick advertising lingo used to pretty up unsettling measures.”

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