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Change the Name
20-minutes
Student activists and educators from Village Leadership Academy campaign to change the name of a park from a slaveholder to abolitionists Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.
Screening day / time
  • Nov 18-21: Virtual Encore
  • Nov 13 (Sat): Block 1 – 9:00am

Change the Name

Filmmakers
Running Time
Short Film
20 minutes
Genres
Documentary, Short

Change the Name

An intimate portrayal of Black youth organizing on the west side of Chicago, Change the Name follows a group of 5th graders from Village Leadership Academy as they embark on a campaign to rename Stephen A. Douglas Park after freedom fighters Anna and Frederick Douglass. Over the course of the three-year grassroots campaign, the students tackle bureaucratic Chicago Park District systems, underestimations of their capacity to make change as well as a pandemic and a global racial uprising.

Film details
Subtitles
Partial
Festival screenings
Year(s) screened
  • 2021
Screening Day / Time
  • Nov 18-21: Virtual Encore
  • Nov 13 (Sat): Block 1 – 9:00am
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