'The Last Black Man In San Francisco' Is A Stunning Movie That Hits Too Close To Home For Many African-Americans

'The Last Black Man In San Francisco' Is A Stunning Movie That Hits Too Close To Home For Many African-Americans

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.



 



 

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. 



 



 

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. 



 

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. 



 

'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. 



 

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