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 Video Center with funds provided by the Independence Public Media Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation. Project support also provided by The Velocity Fund administered by Philadelphia Contemporary with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.