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Housing Justice Movie Night: Quinceañera

  • Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)
This event is organized by the Capitol Hill Renters Initiative and Entre Hermanos in support of backyard cottages as an affordable housing option. We are proud to work with a growing list of co-sponsors including CASA LatinaFuturewiseSierra Club Washington State ChapterThree Dollar Bill Cinema.

Join us for a screening of the 2006 award-winning drama Quinceañera followed by a discussion on affordability, gentrification, tenants rights, and diverse housing options. Representatives from each organization will be in attendance to discuss what they are working on and how you can plug in!

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The storyline of Quinceañera centers around a young Latina teenager, growing up in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, who finds herself pregnant and kicked out of her home before her 15th birthday, forcing her to move in with her great grand uncle. She is joined by her cousin who has been kicked out of his house for coming out as gay. Under the roof of a small backyard cottage, they each face their own challenges and find support in one another. Through these personal stories Quinceañera tackles issues of affordability, gentrification, and tenants’ rights, all major challenges for Seattle today.

This event was created in response to the recent decision by the Seattle hearing examiner to indefinitely delay an ordinance that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages (legally called Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADUs) like the home the main characters share in the movie. The hearing examiner decision came after a legal challenge by the Queen Anne Community Council, a neighborhood group that hired attorneys in order to delay these low cost housing options from coming to their neighborhood.

After the film, join us for a discussion on how we can take action on backyard cottages and other housing justice campaigns! Together we can show that everyone benefits when we promote diverse housing options.

We are asking for a suggested donation of $3 to help cover costs. However, this is a free event and everyone is welcome. 

Links for more information/media coverage on the hearing examiner decision, the QACC, and the DADU ordinance:

See you there!
Earlier Event: February 2
Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day
Later Event: February 15
The Urbanist Monthly Meetup