The Forgotten City
In Buffalo there’s more tragedy than words can describe. The city has been demoralized and hatred is rampant. In fact, after the long Super Bowl losing streak people began to call Buffalo “The Cursed City.” People are fighting, but they don’t know what it is that they’re fighting for. They don’t know what it is that they really want and they haven’t been able to identify the real enemy. Buffalo has become a concrete jungle where savages kill each other.
The Forgotten City is a moving film by Addison Henderson and Korey Green. These young men came together in an unlikely partnership to produce this film because of the death of one young man in 2001. The victim happened to be Addison’s best friend and the murderer was Korey’s friend. Instead of following expectations and waging war, they embarked on a project that would take them into the heart of Buffalo’s most dispossessed communities and crime-ridden streets. The result of their exploration is a film that takes a raw look at what’s really going on in the United States.
Though it might seem hard to believe, Buffalo was once an affluent city with a population of over 560,000. In fact it was one of the richest cities in the United States. Now the population has dwindled down to a little over 280,000 and everywhere you go you can see boarded-up and abandoned homes. How did Buffalo go from being prosperous into becoming a place where crime, racism, and poverty are rampant? Since 1994 this city has been at the top of the nation’s murder per capita charts. In 2005 there were 55 homicides and only 22 of these were solved. This film sheds a light on the ongoing racial turmoil and increasing economic difficulties that have become the lifestyle of so many living in Buffalo’s inner city.
The Forgotten City, however, is not simply a film that seeks to expose the problems in Buffalo; whatever is going on in this city can easily be the story of any other city. That’s what makes it a film that everybody should watch and learn from.
This documentary explores issues of race relations, segregation, crime, and politics. It includes sensitive footage, one-on-one interviews with many citizens, and the opinions of some of Buffalo’s most prominent leaders. The Forgotten City describes the harsh reality— not only about Buffalo— but also about all inner cities.
Nobody is really born a killer, however, so instead of pointing fingers at the problem, it’s about time we started searching for solutions.Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the citizens of Buffalo?