“The film directly handles a lot of thorny issues in DC — race relations, community development, environmental justice, unemployment — with a refreshing honesty”

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A personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation, “City of Trees” captures the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.’s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.

From an email:

“I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that CITY OF TREES will be available to stream for free on the PBS app + website for another few days until July 19.  The film directly handles a lot of thorny issues in DC — race relations, community development, environmental justice, unemployment — with a refreshing honesty, authenticity, focus on real people and the messiness of making change. We’ve continued to find that during this difficult moment for our country, the film has been helping to create spaces to have hard, honest and constructive conversations about how to make lasting change in our communities.”

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  • This is an excellent film: very real, very honest, asking valid questions yet not presuming answers, which makes it a very smart film. Definitely worth the 80 minutes, especially since it will have you thinking about the issues in it for far longer.

  • Such a good film.

  • The entire time I wanted to scream because the people that were in charge of the grant were incompetent petty a-holes that never faced real consequences for failure. But the dudes who were just trying to work ended up out of work.

    • So am I not the only one who really really did not like that Steve fellow? I wanted to, but I couldn’t!
      He made me so angry!!

  • This was a good documentary. I wish the grant planners had a long-term view instead of what seems to be be 1) getting grants and 2) planting trees. It’s a good reminder that people play an important part in our daily life, and we should take care of the people around us while trying to accomplish our (organization) desired goals.

    Great suggestion from the OP!

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