The Fight for Mom’s House
Brandon Jourdan, Liberated Lens Collective, 2020 (13 mins)
A short documentary about a group of homeless mothers who reclaimed a vacant house in Oakland, California, to provide safe housing for their children and to draw attention to the wider housing crisis. The house was owned by Wedgewood Incorporated, a real-estate company that specialises in flipping ‘distressed’ properties. In a city where the average rent is close to $3,000 per month and thousands of people are living on the streets, the occupation quickly grew into a movement for housing justice. This film tells the story of 50 days of struggle at 2928 Magnolia Street, from occupation to eviction.