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Schedule of Events
Featured Films — April 21 – 23
Mi’Gwidelmag Gnitjgamitj (Remembering Our Grandpa)
(Nation Isaac, 7 min, Canada)
Inspired by Incident at Restigouche (Alanis Obomsawin, 1984), Mi’gwidelmag Gnitjgamitj is a short essay film that captures the beautiful landscapes of Listuguj, but also a dark side of Canada. The film focuses on the experiences of director Nation Isaac’s grandfather in the 1981 Quebec Provincial Police raid of Listuguj, and on Isaac’s own relationship to her grandfather’s life and legacy.
Shadow Life: Shining Through Colorism and Depression
(Miranda Kahn, 6 min, USA)
Shadow Life: Shining Through Colorism and Depression is a short documentary that cuts between interview footage of Shaina Simmons, a young woman who has struggled with mental illness, and stop motion animated shadow puppets which tell her story. Shaina is a young performing artist who grew up in New Orleans and suffered from colorism and racism which led to anxiety and depression. With extraordinary strength and clarity, Shaina explains her degrading youthful experiences and through Miranda Kahn’s lyrical puppetry, we come to understand how deeply our perceptions of someone can change how they perceive themselves.
(Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak, 75 min, USA)
Guest House is a documentary feature that captures a six-month period of life of three women previously incarcerated for non-violent crimes and now living together, taking the viewer through the realities of reintegration from the prison system and dissolving some of the ’otherness‘ that makes us feel more comfortable with our system of justice.
Patrinell: The Total Experience
(Tia Young, Andrew Elizaga, 94 min, USA)
Seattle was a rude awakening for singer Patrinell Wright when she moved here from East Texas in 1964 ‐ far from the bastion of racial tolerance she’d expected. But she did have musical talent, deep faith, and unstoppable drive, which she channeled into founding the Total Experience Gospel Choir, building it into an internationally recognized pillar of Seattle’s black community.
She was not without opposition. Church leaders gave her flak for singing in nightclubs, and then years later for her ordination.
By 1977, the Choir was touring the country and ‐ eventually ‐ the globe. Generous home-movie footage shows the choir’s shrinking, aging, and whitening over its 45 years, a transformation that played out against the Central District’s similar gentrification. Although Wright finally retired the choir in 2018, Patrinell remains as a loving testament to her extraordinary career and the joy and spiritual solace her music brought to thousands.
Harvesting the Wind
(Ann Hedreen, Rustin Thompson, 27 min, USA)
Harvesting the Wind is the inspiring story of how a major energy utility in Washington State worked at a grassroots level with a small, economically distressed county to create one of the largest wind producing facilities in the west.
(Sally Fenaux Barleycorn, 6 min, Spain)
The Central Mediterranean is considered to be the deadliest migration route in the world; since 2014 more than 14,500 people have died trying to reach a safe port. Hundreds continue to die monthly. Spanish and Italian governments have started prosecuting and forbidding navigation to any organizations that try to save lives. Our brothers and sisters keep dying. The seas of the world are filled with black bodies.
Festival Panel — April 22
On Tuesday, April 22nd, you can join us on Facebook for a live-streamed panel and interactive Q&A with some of our featured filmmakers, hosted by the Social Justice Film Festival and Institute, directed by Jody Cole, and moderated by Aurora Martin
Information about joining our panel is available on our Facebook page.