A little over a year ago CASIMIR, RAFI and I put together a film based on the food choices that people from the “poorest urban county in America” make on the daily. We started filming this movie in the South Bronx neighborhood called Hunts Point. When I tell you about a residential neighborhood that is fucked the fuck up… There isn’t a supermarket chain or even a commercial bank in the area. There is a detention center in the ‘hood though, the infamous Spofford Youth Center.
Folks here in Hunts point are on the way down and not up, and the services that the community receives reflect as much. This is how the city views this community socially, politically and economically. This isn’t how we saw the neighborhood though and when you put aside the humor that we placed into the Bodega video you should see the point of equal access. The people of the South Bronx and ALL of New York City must have access to healthy and nutritional foods. In this city of millions of people where billions of dollars are generated on the regulack there must be some equity for our most marginalized residents. Only then will NYC be the greatest city on Earth.
NEW JERZ! PUT YOUR QUARTER WATERS IN THE SKY!
‘Bodega’ will be featured this weekend at the Black Maria Film Festival starting on Friday night. Come out and politic with the i.C.’s as we kick off the BMFF’s 2008 season.