Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality

This intimate feature documentary focuses on one of the country’s most iconic and increasingly income divided zip codes,Venice CA 90291. Once a mecca for artists, outsiders and a thriving Black community, Venice is now the frontline for America’s heated battles over gentrification, lack of affordable housing, and homelessness. With moving, personal profiles of families who struggle to remain in their rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, to bitterly contested community fights over a proposed homeless shelter, UNZIPPED explodes stereotypes and humanizes the lived experiences of people caught in the cross-fire of America’s growing housing divide.


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Product Description

Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality – Resources Coming Soon!

For this powerful documentary film, we’ve created a screening guide and a Community Learning Guide. The Community Learning Guide is a new film-inspired resource featuring key sections to explore through the film. Each section can be used on its own or in collaboration with other key sections. The guide is flexible and appropriate for classroom use, community learning settings, homeschool learners, hybrid educational settings and independent exploration of the film. The guide includes robust background information and helpful facilitation guidelines to set the stage for a positive learning experience.

There are five key learning sections in the community learning guide. Each key section includes: a driving question, useful terms (when applicable), personal reflection, discussion questions, extension activities and additional resources. These sections can be used on their own or in conjunction with other sections in the guide.

Community Learning Guide

Facilitation Guidelines
Introduction to the Film
Letter from Director Colin Gray
Getting Grounded: Useful Terms and Preview Questions
Land Acknowledgement
Helpful History

Key Learning Sections:

1: Barriers to Affordable Housing
2: Economic and Social Costs of the Affordable Housing Crisis
3: Perceptions and Beliefs About Housing
4: The Value of Diverse Communities
5: Criminalization of Poverty
6: Looking Ahead: Hope and Possibilities
7: Solutions: What is Working and Known? What Can We Imagine and Do?

Short Screening Guide

Helpful History
Conversation Starters
Resources for Further Study

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