Saturday! "My Father the Radical: Films by Children of Activists"

Check out this cool edition of the film series curated by Sara Zia Ebrahimi of Bread and Roses.

My Father, the Radical: Films by Children of Activists
Saturday June 6th, 7pm
Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave (accessible by public transit–R8 and #18 & #23 bus)
$5, Locally made chocolate and baked goods available for purchase.

Birthmarks, by Naima Lowe (29 minutes)

Birthmarks is a nonfiction film by Naima Lowe featuring her father, Bill Lowe. The film tells the story of the series of small darks scars on Bill’s back that he got when the Newark Police beat him up in 1967, and the ways that fathers and daughters create beauty out of trauma, and art out of living. Using film, video, still photography, archival footage, music, and original writing by Bill and Naima Lowe, Birthmarks takes a complex and layered approach to storytelling that honors the scars of the past and sheds light on a father/daughter relationship in the present and future.

Forest for the Trees, by Bernadine Mellis (57 minutes)

Filmmaker Bernadine Mellis is the daughter of civil rights lawyer Dennis Cunningham, who started out his career representing the Black Panthers and the Weathermen.

Judi Bari was an Earth First! leader who was one of the first to place as much importance on the legacy and future of the trees as she did on timber workers’ lives and families. But that strategic relationship was too much of a threat. Her car was bombed in 1990, and three hours later, she was arrested as a terrorist–charges that were later dropped. Convinced it was a ploy by the FBI to discredit her and Earth First!, Judi decided to sue.

Cunningham took on Judi’s case and after 12 years, Judi Bari v. the FBI finally gets a court date. Knowing this is one of her father’s most important cases, Mellis is there at strategy meetings, at breakfast, driving to and from the court, documenting her morally driven, very tired dad. Not your typical “Take your daughter to work day,” THE FOREST FOR THE TREES offers access to a piece of U.S. history that everyday grows increasingly resonant.

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