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Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot on The Last Black Man In San Francisco, displacement and gentrification

The Last Black Man in San Francisco​​​​​​​ is a story about displacement, gentrification and how these issues affect people of colour, who have deep, lifelong histories in neighbourhoods they can no longer afford to call home.
Writer Jimmie Fails, left, and director Joe Talbot pose for a portrait to promote the film The Last Black Man in San Francisco, during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. (The Associated Press)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a film based on the real-life experiences of Jimmie Fails, who not only plays himself, but co-wrote the story with his friend and the film's director Joe Talbot.

Set in San Francisco, the film is about a man who's trying to get an old Victorian house back that his grandfather had built and then lost when the city started changing. 

It's a story about displacement, gentrification and how these issues affect people of colour, who have deep, lifelong histories in neighbourhoods they can no longer afford to call home.

Fails and Talbot joined Tom Power live in the q studio to tell us more about the story and inspiration behind the film. The Last Black Man In San Francisco hits theatres in Toronto this Friday and will be released across the country on Friday, July 12.

Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails with host Tom Power in the q studio. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation with Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot. 

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