Special Advance Screening of Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

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On Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., join us for a special advance screening for the JHU community of Owned: A Tale of Two Americas. The screening will take place in Remsen 1 (basement level) and will be followed by discussion and Q&A with director Giorgio Angelini and Professor Nathan Connolly (JHU History), moderated by film co-writer Professor Alessandro Angelini (JHU Anthropology).

The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths–one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms and busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach.

Owned is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings and its unbridled commoditization, the film exposes a foundational story that few Americans understand as their own.