But like any other growing city, San Francisco was slammed with a wave of redevelopment, which took a large toll on the city's residents.
'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' was a clear favorite at the recent 2019 Sundance Film Festival. But the movie draws more from the growing reality of Black people being displaced from a city that was once known for its tolerance. It follows the story of a young African American man named Jimmie who tries to reclaim his childhood home, a Victorian house in the Fillmore District, which was built by his grandfather. The film was heavily influenced by lead actor Jimmie Fails's own story.
I sat down with Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the director and star of the spirited new indie THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, two guys who share my deep-seated contempt for buildings that look like shelving: https://t.co/5aIF7uhl2O— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) June 10, 2019
'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' isn't just a devastating drama about Bay Area gentrification — it's one of the best movies of 2019, period. Our review https://t.co/haHM4f78d2 pic.twitter.com/1ruQH6WznX— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 6, 2019
But the film highlights a stark reality that many low-income African-American communities are currently facing. San Francisco was reputed for its tolerance, something that drew a lot of Black families to migrate to the Golden Gate city. However, research revealed that many families were driven out by the rise of living costs as well as redevelopment. As per a report by the Urban Displacement Project at the University of California, San Francisco shed close to 3,000 low-income Black households.
The astonishing “Last Black Man in San Francisco” is the haunting, elegiac story of a young man trying to hold onto a sense of home in San Francisco. A New York Times Critic's Pick. https://t.co/Dkr3qwNt1w— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) June 6, 2019
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San Fransisco grew to be known as the 'Harlem of the West' after African Americans were drawn to the city's tolerance and freedom. Soon, San Francisco started to flourish all thanks to a growing African-American community.
Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails' THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO reminded me a lot of Aki Kaurismäki in its visual beauty, its wry comic humanism and its ability to view the world both as it is and as it could be. My review of this lovely, haunting movie: https://t.co/fZGCtoWUAT— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) June 7, 2019
But like any other growing city, San Francisco was slammed with a wave of redevelopment which took a large toll on the city's residents. With the rise in SanFran-based companies that have gone public this year, the truthful fear is that millennial millionaires will soon make up a larger portion of the city's disappearing working class population.
"It’s often like you’re the last black man in the restaurant, the last black man in the barber shop." Star of film about San Francisco’s diminishing African American population talks about life in the city he grew up in. https://t.co/exjWT7I9KP— The Associated Press (@AP) June 9, 2019
'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' is a beautiful story of lost heritage, a growing disappearance of a prominent black community, and the heartbreak of wanting something that was yours, but can never be reclaimed easily.