As rising sea-levels threaten the city of Miami, one local black community fight to save their neighbourhood from property developers and climate gentrification.
Liberty Square was one of the first public housing projects in America’s South. It also happens to sit on the highest — and driest — ground in Miami. Now considered to be real estate gold, the whole area is slated for a government-backed $300 million ‘regeneration’ project. Shot over the course of five years, Oscar-nominated director Katja Esson captures the plight of one community forced into mobilisation to save their homes. When developers begin to offer residents financial incentives to leave the site, tensions reach boiling point. With the future of this historic neighbourhood up for sale, Razing Liberty Square
presents a powerful study of the overlapping crises of climate change, systemic racism and the lack of affordable housing.