An Evening of Short Documentary Films with OLLI’s Michael Fox — April 25 — One screening only!

Appreciating Diversity Film Series will present an evening of short documentary films, to be shown one-time only in Piedmont on April 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and mingling will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The evening is free to all—no reservations necessary.

81710be6517181c0d40977bb09011d5fOur guest speaker will be Michael Fox, documentary film instructor and film critic at KQED.org/arts, Oakland magazine, and The (East Bay) Monthly.  He will explore how effective stories are told through documentary films.

We will be screening two films by award-winning Bay Area director, Elizabeth Lo.  Her films have been presented in many venues, including Sundance, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and Docfest.  These moving short films shed light on poor communities in California as they navigate the effects of ever-increasing states of inequality.  Hotel 22 follows homeless people in the heart of Silicon Valley as they board a Palo Alto bus.  Mother’s Day examines the impact of incarceration on families, as it follows a bus bringing children to visit their mothers in a women’s prison.

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Also on the program is the Oscar-nominated 4.1 Miles.  In this 25-minute film, Bay Area director Daphne Matziaraki follows a day in the life of a captain in the Greek Coast Guard.  Captain Papadopoulos and his crew are caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since WWII.  Despite limited resources, they attempt to save thousands of migrants as they make the perilous 4.1 mile journey by sea from the Turkish Coast.

final--2Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson was commissioned by Starbucks to create the short film “Story of Access.”  The film was shown to Starbucks employees following an incident of racial discrimination in which two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.  Moving monologues from black Americans describe the emotional toll of having to live their lives aware that others see them as a threat, and the effort it takes to put those others at ease.

Mestizo is a Latinx term meaning mixed-race.  The short Mestizo, by Talon Gonzalez, poses the question, “who are you?” when your family is multi-ethnic, and the impacts on one’s identity.

An Evening of Short Documentary Films will screen FREE:

IN PIEDMONT Thursday, April 25, 2019

@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont

6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception

7 – 8:30 PM Screening and Discussion

The Pushouts, showcasing the importance of teaching and mentoring, to Screen March 21 & 24

Screen-Shot-2018-04-13-at-1.58.04-PM-1150x644Come see the award winning, inspirational story of Oaklander Victor Rios, former drop-out / gang member, now a U.C. Professor, who trains educators to help students who are at risk of being ‘pushed out’ of the school system. This compelling documentary illuminates the unique potential of each young person, the importance of community solutions, and the impact of strong teachers and mentors.

Winner of numerous film festival awards.

Thursday, March 21, in Piedmont: 
Ellen Driscoll Theater / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont (near Oakland Ave)
6:30 PM Doors Open
7-9 PM Screening & Discussion

Sunday, March 24, in Oakland: 
The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland (between Telegraph & Broadway)
12:30 – 2:30 PM Screening & Discussion
Food available for purchase

 

100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice to Screen in January 2019

The Diversity Film Series opens its 2019 documentary film series in Piedmont and Oakland with free showings of 100 Years-One Woman’s Fight for Justice.

Elouise Cobell portraitWhen Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet warrior from Montana, started asking questions about missing money from government-managed Indian Trust accounts, she never imagined that one day she would be taking on the U.S. government. But what she discovered as the Treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all the way from Montana to Washington DC. 100 Years is the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral- rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States government. In 1996, Cobell filed the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the federal government. For fifteen long years, and through three Presidential administrations, Elouise Cobell’s unrelenting spirit never quit. This is the compelling true story of how she prevailed and made history.

The L.A. Times describes director Melinda Janko’s film as “a maddening but ultimately uplifting tale about a fearless woman who fought tirelessly for her people.” The Film Journal says, “…what emerges watching 100 Years is Cobell’s indomitable spirit and passion, her conviction in pursuing a case that seemed impossible to win.”

As a direct result of Cobell’s work, in 2009, President Obama announced the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement. In 2010, Congress approved the Settlement and in June of 2011 the District Court of D.C. gave it final approval. Settlement checks began to go out to the beneficiaries in 2012. In addition to these payments, a $60 million Cobell Scholarship was established. Following the Settlement, the Obama Administration continued to buy back land from interested landowners, paying fair market price for the land. The purchased land has been returned to the Tribes to manage. With the finalization of the Cobell Settlement, now is the perfect time to tell the story of 100 YEARS: ONE WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

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President Barack Obama meets with Elouise Cobell in the Oval Office, Dec. 8, 2010.

“If this type of egregious action had been inflicted on any other ethnic group, there would have been a tremendous public outcry.” — The late Senator John McCain (R) Arizona

“The United States government made a commitment, through solemn treaty obligations in 1887, to hold those lands in trust, to manage them wisely, and to give any income from the sale or lease of the land to its Indian owners. Our government has never fulfilled that promise.” — Former Senator Tom Daschle (D) South Dakota

“The Department’s handling of the Individual Indian Money Trust has served as the gold standard for mismanagement by the federal government for more than a century.” — Federal Judge Royce Lamberth

100 Years- One Woman’s Fight for Justice will screen FREE:

 IN PIEDMONT Thursday, January 24, 2019

@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont

6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception

7 – 8:30 PM Screening

IN OAKLAND Sunday, January 27, 2019 (new day and time!)

@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland

12:30 PM Screening (Food available for purchase!)

For more information contact Janet@diversityfilmseries.org

Inspiring Story of Blackfeet Treasurer Eloise Cobell’s 30-Year Fight for Justice Next Screening

Appreciating Diversity Film Series opens its 2019 documentary film series in Piedmont and Oakland with free showings of 100 Years-One Woman’s Fight for Justice.

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When Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet warrior from Montana, started asking questions about missing money from government-managed Indian Trust accounts, she never imagined that one day she would be taking on the U.S. government. But what she discovered as the Treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all the way from Montana to Washington DC. 100 Years is the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral- rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States government. In 1996, Cobell filed the largest class action lawsuit ever initiated against the federal government. For fifteen long years, and through three Presidential administrations, Elouise Cobell’s unrelenting spirit never quit. This is the compelling true story of how she prevailed and made history.

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The L.A. Times describes director Melinda Janko’s film as “a maddening but ultimately uplifting tale about a fearless woman who fought tirelessly for her people.” The Film Journal says, “…what emerges watching 100 Years is Cobell’s indomitable spirit and passion, her conviction in pursuing a case that seemed impossible to win.”

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As a direct result of Cobell’s work, in 2009, President Obama announced the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement. In 2010, Congress approved the Settlement and in June of 2011 the District Court of D.C. gave it final approval. Settlement checks began to go out to the beneficiaries in 2012. In addition to these payments, a $60 million Cobell Scholarship was established. Following the Settlement, the Obama Administration continued to buy back land from interested landowners, paying fair market price for the land. The purchased land has been returned to the Tribes to manage. With the finalization of the Cobell Settlement, now is the perfect time to tell the story of 100 YEARS: ONE WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

“If this type of egregious action had been inflicted on any other ethnic group, there would have been a tremendous public outcry.” — The late Senator John McCain (R) Arizona

“The United States government made a commitment, through solemn treaty obligations in 1887, to hold those lands in trust, to manage them wisely, and to give any income from the sale or lease of the land to its Indians owners. Our government has never fulfilled that promise.” — Former Senator Tom Daschle (D) South Dakota

“The Department’s handling of the Individual Indian Money trust has served as the gold standard for mismanagement by the federal government for more than a century.” —Federal Judge Royce Lamberth

100 Years- One Woman’s Fight for Justice will screen FREE:

IN PIEDMONT Thursday, January 24, 2019

@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont

6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception

7 – 8:30 PM Screening

IN OAKLAND Sunday, January 27, 2019

@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland

12:30 PM Screening

For more information, contact Julie@diversityfilmseries.org

Oscar-Nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Screen 11/28 and 12/1

“One of the best films you are likely to see this year.” The New York Times, (2016)

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I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of his close friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., to bring an eloquent, personal perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

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The pre-eminent African-American author of his generation, Baldwin became famous both for his novels (Go Tell It On the Mountain and Another County among them) and for his essays that tackled black-white and homosexual relationships during the Civil Rights era.

Baldwin’s remarkable language reminds us of the power of both his thinking and his prose. His words seem particularly apt today:

  • “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
  • “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her.”
  • “The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”
  • “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced.”

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO will screen FREE twice:

IN PIEDMONT Wednesday, November 28

@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont (near Oakland Avenue)

6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception

7 – 8:30 PM Screening

IN OAKLAND Saturday, December 1

@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland (between Broadway & Telegraph)

3 – 4:30 PM Screening