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12th Annual Fist Up Film Festival

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12th Annual Fist Up Film Festival (#stayathomeedition)

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We have believed this for over a decade and still continue to do so. For the 12th year running, the Fist Up Film Festival is excited to once again invite you to view documentary films that help us understand some of the most pressing issues facing our communities both locally and globally. Join us each evening in May - FREE of charge - for thought providing documentaries and discussions as we reimagine a more just and equitable future through film.

May 6

REVISIONING RECOVERY The effects of climate change are unfolding before our eyes as hurricanes, wildfires, floods, subzero temperatures, and tornadoes ravage the nation and the globe. Many communities who survive climate disasters do so with limited to no resources and are often struggling to recover before the next disaster hits. Equitable disaster preparedness and recovery is increasingly urgent as COVID-19 further exposes cracks in the system.

Revisioning Recovery: Uncovering the Roots of Disaster illuminates the current injustices, systems at play, and the solutions needed to prepare and respond to climate disasters.

May 13

SUN OF THE SOIL is the story of Malian artist Abdou Ouologuem’s journey to discover the truth behind the legendary African king, Mansa Musa. Abdou and Musa’s story lines weave together and eventually converge, punctuated by performance art pieces that illustrate key moments in Mansa Musa’s reign.

FAVOR AND GRACE After the execution of her nephew at the hands of the Vallejo Police, Angela seeks justice.

May 20

ALICE STREET The story revolves around two muralists, Pancho Peskador and Desi Mundo, who take on a commission to paint a large mural project at the intersection of Alice and 14 th . Sts. in downtown Oakland – a location which becomes ground-zero for the gentrification wave threatening to displace longtime residents and erase community and neighborhood history

May 27

BAKOSO reveals the influence of contemporary African music in Cuba as not just a thing of the past, but a phenomenon happening now!

Made in collaboration with DJ Jigüe who created Cuba’s first independent Afro-Cuban music label and arts collective called Guámpara Music, the film follows his journey back to his home of Santiago de Cuba. He explores bakoso, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film allows the audience entry into this vibrant fusion.

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