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South Main

This unusually intimate 2008 documentary focuses on three single mothers in South Central Los Angeles who were forced to relocate when the city, hoping to dislodge the neighborhood Crips, razed every building on their block. Director Kelly Parker uses a stationary camera exclusively; her strategy is most effective when Latisha Fikes, a pregnant young woman, sits against a wall for one very long take and explains how her fiance was killed in a drive-by the day before their move, or when Tajuana Green hides behind a closed door while building inspectors can be heard conferring offscreen. Of the three women, Tena McConico enjoys the smoothest transition, but her security in her new house is as fleeting as any kind of happiness in this somber film. 78 min.

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