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Opening Acts: September 17, 2021

FHJC Presents “Less Than or Equal To”

ORIGINAL FILM WILL DEBUT ONLINE SEPTEMBER 29TH

The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is proud to announce the upcoming online premier of its newly produced original film, “≤” [Less Than or Equal To], a collection of provocative monologues about housing discrimination, inspired by real life stories.

The film poses a question to audiences about one of the most shrouded, misunderstood, and intractable domestic issues in America:  When it comes to shelter, do we continue to relegate certain populations to “less than” status, or take steps to ensure that all people enjoy full and “equal access to” housing?  And what is the continuing impact of housing discrimination and residential segregation on individuals, communities, and our nation? “≤” sheds new light on personal stories of discrimination, fair housing history, and the fight for justice.

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. 

The film will premiere during an online screening event to be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:00 PM Eastern, followed immediately by a livestreamed panel discussion with the filmmakers and fair housing experts. The online event is free to attend, but registration is required. Click HERE to register for this exciting premier event.

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.