“A Matter of Place” shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and least understood civil rights issues in America. In three stories, told by people who have dealt with housing bias, the film connects past struggles for fair housing to contemporary incidents of discrimination. The film’s characters poignantly take the viewer through their experiences and describe their resolve to fight for justice. Through the participation of academics, civil rights advocates, and fair housing ‘testers,’ the film also recounts our nation’s long and often overlooked history of residential segregation. A Matter of Place introduces viewers to systemic and pervasive injustices that, despite the existence of fair housing laws, continue to inflict harm on entire communities and individuals.
Bill Kavanagh has produced three documentary films, A Matter of Place, Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story, and Enemies of War. His films have been seen on PBS and in festivals in the US and Canada. He is the principal of Kavanagh Productions, a media production company in New York City. Kavanagh is a director and producer of media and events internationally. He is currently in production on a documentary on economic changes in America as seen in one Pennsylvania steel town.