Please join us on First Friday, July 7th from 6-9pm at The New Parkway Theater (474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612) for the 3rd Annual Black & Brown Unity Film Festival. Organized by United Roots and Trap Medicine, and sponsored by the Akonadi Foundation, this year’s festival is themed TrapMedicine: Healing Through Cinema and will focus on breaking the stigma of mental health in the Black and Brown Diaspora. This program will screen some of the most innovative short films created this year in Oakland, and host a panel to honor youth entrepreneurs and filmmakers of color from United Roots and Youth Impact Hub Oakland.

This year’s program will feature the headlining film of “Outside of the House” a documentary made by Darnell Walker, which focuses on the stigma of discussing mental health in the Black community. Also, featured this year will be “A Mi Matria”, a documentary about a 90 year-old woman in Tijuana named Leonor Flores, and the psychological impact of her unconstitutional deportation. Created by award-winning filmmaker Rafael Flores of the Green Eyed Media Collective, this film recently premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in France.

Films to be also screened include: “Pixan: The Ghost of Gongora”, a short film investigating the murder of 2016 Luis Góngora Pat in San Francisco, and several other films produced by students in the Digital Career Pathways Video Program at United Roots.

A Q&A panel with the filmmakers and mental health experts will immediately follow the screening, and the after party mixer will take place at a location to be announced soon. Please join us for some great films, discussions and mixers during the July First Friday Arts Festival, only at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, CA.

For More Information & to RSVP please visit the Event Page

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