Documentary: San Francisco 2.0 (2015). Toward the end of the film, director Alexandra Pelosi asks, “What is the price of change? And what will the growing divide between rich and poor do to the fabric of America?” Returning to her hometown, Pelosi documents how the technology boom has impacted this historically progressive city, talking to various industry representatives, politicians and longtime residents hoping to maintain their place and not be left behind.
San Francisco 2.0 | HBO Documentary Films | Trailer
Pelosi interviews local activists; tech-industry notables such as Michael Birch (Monkey Inferno), Andrew Houston (Dropbox), Ron Conway (SV Angel) and Sean Gourley (Quid.com); well-known politicians including Governor Jerry Brown, current mayor Ed Lee, and former mayors Gavin Newsom (the current Lieutenant Governor), Willie Brown and Art Agnos; and noted economist Robert Reich who touches on the themes of inequality covered in his own documentary, Inequality for All, a previous SavvyRecommendation.
The changes have been felt most acutely in places like the Mission District, where the immigrant community is being uprooted. The number of no-fault evictions – via The Ellis Act – has spiked and developers are squeezing out local businesses. Activist Roberto Hernandez notes “The heart and soul of San Francisco is being ripped out from the city.”
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