February 22, 2024

Arlo Washington drives through the capital of Arkansas, passing by Little Rock Central High School. The film follows Washington as he teaches at his barber school and speaks with people applying for loans at People Trust. The film also follows Lyncola, a woman who received her Barber College diploma and a man who received a loan to start an auto shop. Throughout the documentary, you get a sense not only of the immense hardships that the community members face but also of their resolve, their personality, their creativity. Washington’s establishment of People Trust, is the only bank serving a redlined neighborhood where it operates, and the first Black-owned bank in the state of Arkansas. The film also touches on the racial wealth gap and acts of resistance by the Black community in the face of hardships and injustices.