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‘America Street’ documentary on Charleston’s East Side community now free to stream

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Joseph Watson behind the counter of his sweet shop in Hampstead Village, as featured in "America Street." Gavin McIntyre/Staff

"America Street," a documentary exploring issues facing Charleston's East Side community, is available for free through June 9.

Filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai wanted to make it accessible to everyone as a means of providing education and historical context to the current national protests against police brutality and racial inequality. 

"I think the film is timely and addresses a lot of the important questions the recent killings have once more raised," Mora-Kpai said.

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The film addresses issues facing the East Side neighborhood, including gentrification and displacement. and the community efforts to preserve and improve the 250-year-old downtown Charleston neighborhood formerly known as Hampstead Village.

"America Street" was filmed in 2015 when Mora-Kpai and his wife, Jeanette Jouili, were living in Charleston.

The film can be streamed now at cinemapolis.org/film/america-street.

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Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts and entertainment for The Post and Courier's Thursday edition, Charleston Scene. She used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper and Scene SC.