Why We Stay (USA, 16 min 20 seg )

Directed by: Crystal Kayiza

During the 1970s and 80s the South Bronx was subject to borough-wide poverty, crime, and arson. Amidst the chaos a community improvement organization named Banana Kelly emerged, helping to end destruction and revitalize the community. After decades of steady recovery, South Bronx residents are now being threatened by another destructive force; gentrification. As renters and businesses push northward from Manhattan, Bronx natives are faced with new challenges as they struggle with escalating rent prices, communal fragmentation, and forced removal.