PBS Releases New Film on PBNYC

Participatory Budgeting has never been more beautiful! PBS’ acclaimed documentary film series POV just released Public Money, a stunning short film on Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC).

Produced by our friends at Meerkat Media, the 15-minute film follows community members in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood as they launch PB in the district.

Get inspired – watch Public Money!

Here’s how POV describes the film:

Across New York City, a bold experiment in participatory democracy is underway. Since 2012, the city council has steadily increased investment in a process called “Participatory Budgeting”, wherein community members gain a role in deciding how to spend part of a public budget.

Following the process over one year in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park – a multicultural neighborhood undergoing gentrification – this quietly observed, verité documentary asks, what happens when community members come together to discuss and decide what development should look like in their neighborhood.

Bring Public Money to your community:

Public Money is premiering on POV Shorts, the new short film program from American television’s longest-running documentary series. Through POV’s free DVD Lending Library, you can sign up to host a free screening of the film in your community.

Interested in hosting a screening in your community or classroom, to spark discussion or build support for PB? Visit the POV Community Network for more information.

Questions? Email the POV Engage Team at events@pov.org.

About Ashley Brennan

Ashley transforms public school systems so that they empower students with real power over the real money that impacts their lives. She strengthens local civic engagement efforts across North America by supporting a Network of civic leaders and co-coordinating convenings to connect government officials, researchers, young people, and community leaders. To elevate this work, and the work of her team, Ashley manages PBP’s communications and curates how we tell our stories.

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