Rebel Film Night: Incite/Insight: The Fall of the I-Hotel | SoMa
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New Nothing Cinema | 16 Sherman Street, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Fall of the I-Hotel | Rebel Film Night: Incite/Insight | SoMa
“The Fall of the I-Hotel” brings to life the brutal 10-year eviction struggle of the International Hotel’s tenants. In the 1950′s, the I-Hotel was the heart of Manilatown’s 10,000 people. By 1968, all that remained of Manilatown was the one block that housed the International hotel. The owner wanted to replace the hotel with a parking garage, catalyzing a movement of senior citizens, churches, labor groups and community activists to preserve the I-Hotel as low-cost housing for the elderly, and as an Asian community center. In retrospect the fight for The I-Hotel can be seen as the first of San Francisco’s contemporary battles against gentrification, as the neighborhoods fought the Financial District. Eventually, 300 baton-wielding and horse-mounted police broke through several thousand people (the “human barricade”) surrounding the building, and forcibly evicted 50 elderly tenants in the pre-dawn hours of August 4, 1977.
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