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Austin Filmmakers Work To Document 'Rich History' Of East 12th Street

A documentary debuting Saturday at the Return and Discover Festival captures the "rich black culture of East 12th Street," filmmaker Funmi Ogunro says.

Reflections on a Legacy: East 12th Street will be screened for free at 11:30 a.m. at Mission: Possible Austin on Chicon Street. Ogunro, a cinematographer and editor for the film, says it offers an oral history of the neighborhood through the eyes of three native East Austinites.  

Ogunro says she was amazed by what she learned while working on the film and that it was a form of "healing" in response to the gentrification that has pushed black residents out of the area.

Listen to her talk about the film:

The film was made possible through a partnership between the East 12th Street Merchants Association, the City of Austin's Souly Austin Program of the Economic Development Department, and Public City. It was produced and curated by Stephanie L. Lang and Rachel E. Winston.

Watch the trailer: 

Now in its third year, the annual Return and Discover Festival brings together local musicians, restaurants and businesses to celebrate the history and heritage of the neighborhood near 12th and Chicon streets. 

Syeda Hasan is a senior editor at KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on Twitter @syedareports.
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