Qty:1
Flag Wars has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by goHastings
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: ****RENTAL**** (One Disc) - 100% PRODUCT GUARANTEE!* Fast shipping on more than 1,000,000 Book , Video, Video Game, Music titles & More! We 100% Guarantee the full functionality of all used and previously viewed(rental) product, except its digital content
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $6.49
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Flag Wars
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Flag Wars


Price: $19.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
3 new from $19.99 1 used from $15.99
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy
Flag Wars
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$19.99
$19.99 $15.99
$19.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Flag Wars + The Oath
Price for both: $49.98

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

What happens when black working-class families are faced with an influx of white gay homebuyers in their neighborhood? Filmed over four years, FLAG WARS is a clear-eyed look inside the conflicts that surface in one inner-city Columbus, Ohio, community. The film's as-it-is-happening verite style captures the raw emotions of unguarded moments between neighbors: the lesbian realtor who sells the area's Victorian homes; a new homebuyer who moves to the area to live openly as a gay man; two longtime residents who are in court because of new housing codes; and the judge who hears their cases. From porch conversations and family dinners to public hearings and street protests, FLAG WARS provides a rare and extraordinarily intimate account of the social and human consequences of capitalism and the pursuit of the "American Dream" told through the lives of residents in a community confronted by gentrification.


SPECIAL FEATURES
- 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Promotional trailer
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
- Interview with the filmmakers

Special Features

  • Promotional trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Columbus, Ohio
  • Directors: Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXS6HA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flag Wars" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lara C. Osborne on May 5, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
I've been considering doing some real estate investing and I came across a mention of this film on a Wikipedia page about gentrification. I had no idea that 1.5 hours later I would out of my seat cheering the code-violation victory of a Yoruba Priest (and amazing artist) or sobbing with grief over the death of a 39-year-old woman I have never met. Nor could I have predicted the contempt I would feel toward my own kind--white, liberal, upper-middle-class urban bohemians. And yet this documentary is not heavy-handed, and your loyalties are not foregone conclusions. They let people speak for themselves, and sometimes what they say is ugly. I hope the lessons of this film guide my every step as I venture into the real estate world.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NoelTyler on April 2, 2009
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This movie was good, not excellent. I was in the mood for a documentary, and through searching found Flag Wars. Residing in Columbus, Ohio I found this movie particularly intriguing. I moved here after 2003 when it came out, so I had never heard of this movie.

The movie depicts the Old Towne East area of downtown Columbus, historically black in ethnicity. A mostly gay, professional group of individuals began buying homes in the area in a sort of urban renewal project. With housing codes being passed, many of the long time black residents were unable to repair their homes, thus forced to move.

I really wanted to take sides in this movie, and I figured that by the end I would choose one. It's hard. The gay characters often come off as elitist as they encroach into this blighted area, taking homes at bargain basement prices to fix up. However, the blacks, admitting their own struggles with race and poverty, are outwardly homophobic and unwelcoming of their new neighbors. The characters all have their flaws, and that's really the only issue I had with this documentary--I was unable to make a connection with any of them. The moral of the story is, everyone is prejudice in some way or another. White, black, gay, straight--we all have these preconceived notions in our head of what "the others" are like, blinding their true likenesses when we do finally come to encounter them.

Decide for yourself. I'd definitely recommend this movie to anyone familiar with the Columbus area. Those with backgrounds or interest in civil rights, gay activism, property law or real estate-especially flipping properties, urban renewals-will find this movie very appealing. All in all it was good, not great. Shooting over four years, you'd expect a little more. Though most scenes were good, it left me wondering if "this is the best the have??" Even if I didn't live here, I would have probably enjoyed it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By starlene Rigdon on September 15, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Check it out. If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention. This film will not outrage you but if you have any compassion, you will have a better understanding of gentrification and the complexity of it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mozucchini on January 18, 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Watch this film.

Flag Wars is set in Olde Towne East, a historically Black neighborhood of working-class homeowners in Columbus, Ohio. Many of the old homes in Olde Towne are gorgeous big family-friendly Victorians set back from the street with big steps, generous yards and 2-car driveways.

The film is spliced with scenes of gay residents discussing excitedly how many new gay couples are entering the neighborhood, or how to fix up their new fixer-upper, and these chatty sessions are then contrasted with scenes of African Americans incumbent residents more seriously sitting around discussing how their neighborhood is changing, and they have no power to stop it. How they might pull their children from a classroom taught by a gay teacher, or clucking tongues at the privilege that would come with having two male incomes in one home.

This makes neither side appear "innocent" because both are dancing the line between "underdog" status, because of their race or sexual identity, and "bigot" status by expressing racist or homophobic opinions. The “Flag Wars” story is one of complex cultural conflict where planning code and neighborhood policy is used as weaponry to arm the newcomers with even more privilege than they already possess.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Wallingford on September 25, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
There are only so many documentaries about gentrification, but Flag Wars is a recognized classic. An excellent film. Many of the situations witnessed in Flag Wars are seen countless times in gentrifying neighborhoods across the country.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regine O. Jackson on January 11, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Examines institutional discrimination, homophobia, gentrification, urban politics, and sense of place. So many ways to use this film in class.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Anderson on November 24, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Pretty interesting look at gentrification from both sides of the issue.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlchemystAZ on February 11, 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
OMG, people might get along? Confusing situations like these deserve a thoughtful documentary. Communication rules. Co-operation Theory.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Flag Wars
This item: Flag Wars
Price: $19.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?