USA, 2008, 79 minutes
Sat, May 3 / 1:00 / Kabuki / FAUB03K
Tue, May 6 / 3:45 / Kabuki / FAUB06K
Wed, May 7 / 9:00 / Kabuki / FAUB07K
Lolis Eric Elie, the award-winning New Orleans newspaperman who wrote, produced and narrates this deeply felt documentary, takes us on a tour of the city—his city—in what becomes a reflection on the relevance of history folded into a love letter to the storied neighborhood of Faubourg Tremé. Elie interviews residents, artists, scholars, even a few historical reenactors to uncover Tremé’s prominent place in the national struggle for civil rights. Progressive and racially mixed from its founding in the late 1700s, Tremé represented the largest community of free Black people in the antebellum Deep South. When the railroad segregated public transportation, it was Tremé resident Homer Plessy who defied the practice, leading to the fateful 1896 Supreme Court decision establishing the “separate but equal” doctrine. Elie and director Dawn Logsdon make clear the city’s present, up through Katrina, remains steeped in its past—one that, for New Orleans, naturally includes an emphasis on music, heightened here by Derrick Hodge’s original jazz score. This is a film of ideas, a historical film, a personal film and a celebration of place.
Tellin It Like It Is: The Work of Elouise Westbrook WATCH TRAILER
Since Elouise moved to San Francisco in 1949, she’s “been out there fighting” for those who can’t, including as an unflagging defender of low-income housing and health care in Bay View/Hunters Point. This is an inspirational snapshot of an amazing woman, a pioneer in the movement to create today’s community health centers, and a true San Francisco heroine. (Kevin Gordon, USA 2007, 11 min)
Dialogue: Bay Area Political Documentary follows Saturday, May 3 screening. These films are competing for a Golden Gate Award. 1968–2008 Celebrating 40 years of California Newsreel. Presented in association with the Museum of the Africa Diaspora. West Coast Premiere. Sponsored by San Simeon Films and Zaentz Media Center.