This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale will be screened at Houston Public Library at 500 McKinney on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Noon. Filmmaker Jon Schwartz will be in attendance for audience questions afterwards.
This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale tells the history of Houston’s Riverside Terrace neighborhood, from 1920s dairy farm to the film’s 1987 release date. This groundbreaking documentary examines the multiple generations, nationalities, religions, and races that are a part of this, occasionally turbulent, inner-city neighborhood. Former and current residents provide a first-hand account of their reasons for moving into the once-upscale neighborhood, and why many of them eventually left.
The film captures in great detail Houston’s growth from a small town, the “social restrictions” limiting where Jewish families could buy houses, and the city’s reaction to the unrest of the Civil Rights era. By the time signs reading, “This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale” appeared in the 1960s, the neighborhood was fighting so-called blockbusting and seeking to keep the neighborhood from unwanted motels, bars, apartment buildings, and parking lots.
The keen-eyed Houstonian will spot interview subjects such as a pre-politics Sheila Jackson-Lee and her husband Elwin Lee, Robert Sakowitz, Jack Weingarten, Congressman Bill Archer, and even Marvin Zindler.