The University of Pennsylvania’s gentrification of West Philadelphia over the last 100 years is a textbook example of aggressive property expansion and wealth hoarding that has burdened its historic Black community with over-policing and Philadelphia city budgets with under-funding. Follow Wanda, a fictional, third generation Black Philadelphian, Penn employee and budding activist as she shares how her entire life has been affected by the machinations of the powerful tax-exempt institution. Hear how her dreams for Philadelphia’s future could be realized if Penn equitably distributed its resources.
A short animated narrative video project, currently in development.
Producer/Director: M. Asli Dukan
This project is funded in part with a planning grant from the Philadelphia Independent Media Fund administered by the Scribe Media Center with funds provided by the Independence Public Media Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.