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Opening Acts: December 21, 2021

FHJC Releases “Less Than or Equal To”

NEW FILM INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE STORIES OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

“≤” [Less Than or Equal To], which premiered at an online event in September 2021, is now available to the public on the website of the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC). The newly produced original film is a collection of provocative monologues about housing discrimination, inspired by real life stories.
 
 
 
By bringing to life the varied stories and voices of actual home seekers, investigators, real estate professionals and others, the film uncovers the subtle, hidden nature of contemporary housing discrimination and sheds new light on a pervasive issue that affects us all.
 
≤ is directed by Adrienne Williams, an accomplished New York director and actor who sits on the Theatre faculty of Hunter College and City College. The film was written by award-winning screenwriter/playwright/actor Justin Carter. Williams and Carter both bring extensive personal experience to the subject matter, having been a part of FHJC’s fight against housing discrimination for many years.
 
≤ was originally conceived as a live Off-Broadway play, until the production was cancelled over pandemic concerns. While the film version is a distillation of the play’s monologues, the complete theatrical script is being made available to theater groups, university and high school theater departments, faith-based organizations, fair housing groups, and other nonprofit organizations. Click HERE for more information.
 
≤ is made possible in part by an Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant from the Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
 
The mission of the FHJC, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is to eliminate housing discrimination; promote policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws in the New York City region.