When the development of a luxury condominium threatens a local mural depicting the diverse culture of the neighborhood, a community in a rapidly gentrifying city rallies to protect its history, voice, icons, and land.
Two Oakland artists form an unlikely partnership to tackle their most ambitious project to date, a four-story mural in the heart of downtown Oakland. The mural overcomes numerous obstacles: complex negotiations with profit-minded property owners, satisfying a community of diverse residents, and resolving the artists’ own aesthetic conflicts. After completion, news comes that a new condominium development will obscure the mural, which has become a source of neighborhood pride. Despite last-ditch opposition to the condominium, the city approves it. Ultimately displaced, the mural becomes a spark for the community to rally to protect cultural arts, and coalescing resistance to gentrification.