James Baldwin in the Bayview: the 50th Anniversary of "Take This Hammer"
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"There is no moral distance between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham." - James Baldwin
Join The Center for Political Education and the SF Bay Area Television Archive for a special 50th Anniversary premiere of the Director's Cut of "Take This Hammer." This 59-minute documentary features James Baldwin and noted Civil Rights leader Orville Luster speaking with Black residents of the Bayview/Hunter’s Point and Fillmore neighborhoods of San Francisco, 1963. The film crew accompanies the men as they take a deeper look at the African American experience in what was considered America’s most liberal city. The film was shot only a month before the release of Baldwin's highly acclaimed bestseller, "The Fire Next Time."
Doors for reserve ticket holders will open at 5:30pm. Reserve ticket holders should arrive by then to guarantee a seat. Reserve tickets will be released at 5:45 pm, after which all patrons will be granted equal access to the limited number of remaining seats.
After the film, local multimedia performance artist Anthony Julius Williams and The Iruke Project will present "Total Action: A Voice Orchestra in Four Movements," to be followed by an audience discussion facilitated by Alicia Garza, outgoing Executive Director of POWER. Current and former Bayview residents and prominent voices from today's San Francisco struggles against displacement and gentrification are invited to share their lived experiences.
The screening will be held in the historic Bayview Opera House and is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, the Bayview branch of the San Francisco Public Library, POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights). Special thanks to the San Francisco Arts Commission for production support.
This event is FREE and wheelchair-accessible!
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