We are thrilled to announce that on April 12th the Ethnography Lab is taking their Film Nights to the Cinéma du Parc for a collaborative event!
The film will be screened in presence of the protagonist, Rocco Sait, who will offer a musical performance. A discussion animated by our coordinator Maya Lamothe-Katrapani with the director, Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque, and Dr. Justin Gest, Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University will follow.
Greyland is the story of what was the fastest shrinking city in the United States, Youngstown, Ohio. Once the booming centre of American steel, when the bottom fell out of the industry in the 1950s, 60% of the population moved out. Today, 37% of those left, live beneath the poverty line. Like Rocco and Amber. A recovering heroin addict turned urban archeologist, Rocco hunts through hundreds of abandoned houses. Vintage clothing, records, art works, everything he finds goes to Greyland, his art gallery come thrift store, to be converted into cash. Meanwhile Amber is a single mother and the president of the Neighborhood Association of Homeowners, leading the fight against city hall for their inaction in cleaning up her neighborhood. “We want to believe,” Amber says, “that there’s good, hopeful things coming.”