Telling Our Personal Stories
Public Film Series
Sunday June 30
Untold HerStories: Finding Kukan
Eastside Cultural Center – 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland
Film and Dialogue with Director Robin Lung
Did you know that a Chinese American woman, Li Ling-Ai, produced the first documentary film recognized by the Academy Awards in 1942?
Learn how Director Robin Lung uncovers the lost story of what happened to Li Ling-Ai’s legacy and her film KUKAN.
Friday August 2
Queer Black Aesthetics: Tongues Untied
Oakland Museum of California – 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Community Film Screening
Join us for a 30th Anniversary screening of this groundbreaking film that redefined the expression of Black gay culture in media.
Marlon Riggs’ award-winning film features poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance (including poet Essex Hemphill and others) to describe the homophobia and racism that confront Black gay men.
Sunday August 18
Mixed Race Identities: Little White Lie
East Bay Community Space – 507 55th Street, Oakland
Film and Dialogue with Director Lacey Schwartz
Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical middle-class Jewish household with loving parents and a strong sense of her identity. She believes her family’s explanation of having a Sicilian grandfather until she discovers that her biological father is a black man with whom her mother had an affair.
This film explores what defines our identity, our family of origin, or the family that raises us.
Creating and promoting personal documentary films from our communities
This summer, we are launching a mentoring program for emerging people of color filmmakers and emerging community advocates.
Documentary filmmakers will partner with advocates to create short films about individuals, families, and communities, while supported by experienced mentors.
Our purpose is to humanize media representations of underrepresented communities through a focus on personal stories from those communities in documentary film and nonfiction media.
We are empowered when we tell our own stories in a deeply authentic way.
In ancient Persian, African, Indian, and Chinese cultures, women used the henna plant for body art and hair dying. In some places, women would gather in bath houses and share stories and ideas while using henna to dye each others’ hair.
This practice continues today, from which Re-Present Media was born.