Frederick Wiseman, a recognized giant of US documentary film production, has focused his attention on capturing the life of American institutions on film, all of them screened over his career on PBS. One of those institutions has been public housing, and his fascinating documentary Public Housing was released in 1997.
His documentaries are available for rental, and many can be streamed on Kanopy, a service available through some libraries and universities. For those without access to Kanopy, until November 4, 2020 Public Housing can be streamed for a $6 charge from Anthology Film Archives which is airing it as a part of a series about housing rights.
Be assured that however boring a documentary about public housing might sound, like all of Wiseman’s works it is anything but, and well worth a few-dollar investment.