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.


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UNZIPPED: An Autopsy of American Inequality

Film runtime: 51 minutes

Film rating: Not rated. This film is appropriate for high school students.

The film is streaming on Vimeo! If you would like to request a DVD of the film for educational use and/or community screenings, please email michael@videoproject.org.

For this powerful documentary film, we’ve created a Learning Guide. The Learning Guide is a flexible resource featuring key sections. Each section can be used on its own or in collaboration with other key sections. As such, this guide is 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 guide. Each key section includes: a driving question, useful terms (when applicable), personal reflection, discussion questions, extension activities and additional resources. Furthermore, these sections can be used on their own or in conjunction with other sections in the guide.

The guide wraps with a #RaiseTheRoof Solutions Blueprint Builder and content-rich Appendices that include Case Studies, Further Context and a Glossary of Useful Terms.

Additionally, we’ve created a Google slideshow: Housing Inequality in the United States: A Brief History which can be used in conjunction with this guide or as a stand alone resource. The slideshow is also available as a PDF and can be previewed below. When you click Add to Cart, both the Learning Guide and PDF will be added to your cart.

Finally, this unique guide also features a solutions builder and appendices specifically designed with community organizations and governmental groups working to address the affordable housing crisis.

Learning Guide

Facilitation Guidelines
Introduction to the Film
Letter from Director Colin Gray
Land Acknowledgement
Setting the Stage: Pre-Viewing Questions

Key Learning Sections:

1: Barriers to Affordable Housing (Economics, Social Studies, Current Events, U.S. History)
2: Economic and Social Costs of the Affordable Housing Crisis (Economics, Government, Social Studies, Current Events)
3: Perceptions and Beliefs About Housing (Sociology, Social Studies, Current Events)
4: The Value of Diverse Communities (Sociology, Current Events, Social Studies, ELA)
5: Criminalization of Poverty/Neglect of the Poor (Economics, Government, Criminal Justice, Current Events, Social Studies, Sociology)
6: Looking Ahead: Hope and Possibilities (Community Service Learning, Current Events, Government)
7: Solutions: What is Working and Known? What Can We Imagine and Do? (Community Service Learning, Current Events, Government)

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Preview Housing Inequality Brief History PDF

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1. Click “Add to Cart” (top of page). 2. Click cart icon and select “checkout”. 3. Download your PDF(s).

Sustainable Development Goals
This curriculum guide connects to the following SDGs:
Red background. Number 1 in white in the upper left hand corner. Beside it text reads: No Poverty. Icons, in white clip art style, of adults and children are below the text. Magenta background. 10 in the left-hand corner. Reduced Inequalities beside the number. Central image on the magenta background is a not quite complete circle with equal marks inside. Golden yellow background color. 11 in white in the upper left hand corner. Sustainable Cities and Communities next to the number. White icons of various buildings is the center art on the yellow background.

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