Wednesday, April 4, 2018 / 1:30 PM – 9:30 PM / 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619
Join us at Holy Names University of Oakland to kick off Day 2 of the 16th annual Oakland International Film Festival!
April 4, 2018, marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically taken from us. Thus we present four compelling films (and associated panel discussions) that respond, each in a distinct way, to the challenge posed in Dr. King’s last book: “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”
1:30-2:50pm My People Are Rising: Memoirs of a Black Panther Captain
3:00-4:15pm Futbolistas 4 Life
4:30-6:45pm Marvin Booker Was Murdered
7:15-8:00pm Panel Discussion: “The Enduring Legacy of Dr. King and the Black Panther Party”
8:00-9:30pm Strong Medicine: The Secret Power of African Healing
Day 2 of the 2018 Oakland International Film Festival programming at Holy Names is presented by the Oakland Film Society and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI). Generous support also provided by the HNU CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC).
My People Are Rising: Memoirs of a Black Panther Captain
April 4, 2018 / 1:30-2:50 pm / HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts
My People Are Rising is a documentary based on the autobiography of a Black Panther captain named Aaron Dixon. The film traces his politicization and journey from Seattle to Oakland as he fights alongside a generation of young people frustrated with injustice. Through his eyes we witness the early formation of the party, the COINTELPRO operation, the election of the first Black mayor of Oakland, the rise of the first female leader of the party, and the fall of Huey Newton as he tried to run Dixon out of the party. My People Are Rising is an unforgettable tale of these triumphs and tragedies, and the enduring legacy of Black Power.
Film screening followed by a conversation with Aaron Dixon and Rafael Flores—the protagonist and director, respectively, of My People Are Rising. Admission to this screening/conversation is FREE! Click here to reserve your seats.
Futbolistas 4 Life
April 4, 2018 / 3:00-4:15 pm / HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Futbolistas 4 Life is about Oakland teens from immigrant families and the healing power of soccer. Shot over the course of five years, the film takes you into the lives of two Oakland high schoolers. Ben is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who is navigating the reality of his immigration status; April is a California native who lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines. The film also features the fighting spirit of Ben and April’s coach Dania—a former Division I athlete and professional soccer player. At a time when Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes around the world are using their platform to speak out against injustices, Dania uses her role as a mentor to help students understand and address the inequities that exist in their community.
Film screening followed by a conversation with Jun Stinson, director of Futbolistas 4 Life. Admission to this screening/conversation is FREE! Click here to reserve your seats.
Marvin Booker Was Murdered
April 4, 2018 / 4:30-6:45 pm / HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts
On July 9, 2010, Marvin Booker was beaten to death by five Denver sheriff deputies. Like many other unarmed black men who have been unjustly executed by law enforcement, his death was not only captured on video, but was witnessed by more than twenty other detainees. Amazingly, the deputies—who conspired to get their (misleading) story straight, and never filed required incident reports—were neither indicted nor even reprimanded. This investigative documentary tells the story of how the deeply-loving, faith-based Booker family from Memphis, along with their two dedicated civil rights attorneys from Denver and community members from both cities, have waged a long battle for Marvin and for justice.
Film screening followed by a panel discussion with Wade Gardner (film director), Mari Newman (civil rights attorney), and Dr. Perri Franskoviak (HNU Counseling and Forensic Psychology faculty).
$15 general admission (includes reception) - click here for tickets / FREE for HNU students
Reception / Dr. King & Black Power / Traditional African Knowledge
April 4, 2018 / 6:30-9:30 pm / HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts
$15 general admission - click here for tickets * / FREE for HNU students
* Note: This is a 3-in-1 ticket offering admission to a reception, panel discussion featuring former Black Panthers PLUS a fascinating documentary and conversation about traditional African/African-American knowledge.
Reception: Enjoy music and a complimentary beverage and appetizer. There will also be food trucks offering Afro-Caribbean dishes and tacos for sale!
Panel: "The Enduring Legacies of Dr. King and Black Power"
Strong Medicine: The Secret Power of African Healing + Panel Discussion
Traditional healing methods in Africa are often perceived by outsiders as Voodoo, witch doctors and other stereotypes. Ambassador Andrew Young, after many trips to Africa, has discovered that old secrets make for strong medicine. Traditional healers, commonly known as “medicine men” and “medicine women” have handed down those secrets through the centuries. This unique form of alternative medicine is now being studied scientifically for effectiveness in treating such conditions as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even AIDS and Ebola.While alternative medicine is taking the United States and Europe by storm, it is the trusted methods of ancient healing that include the mind, body, spirit, and riches of the earth that keep people well throughout Africa, where access to Western medicine is extremely limited.
Michele Elizabeth Lee has worked for over 30 years in the integrated arts field as a visual arist, curator, administrator, educator, and writer. She has a MFA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Antioch College. She is a native of Oakland, California, who was raised in a family of traditional healers from the South. She currently lives and works in her native Oakland, where she teaches art in a public school. She has two adult children, Milon and Nora.