Spotlight: Speakers and Artists In the News

Dolores Documentary Garners Festival Awards and Heads for Theaters This September
Written and directed by Peter Bratt, Dolores is a powerful film about Dolores Huerta, one of the most important, yet least known, activists in U.S. history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. See the trailer here.

The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festivals and has won a number of awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Seattle International Film Festival and several Audience Awards for Best Documentary Feature — at the San Francisco Film Festival, Houston Latino Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, to name a few. It opens in theaters this September - for local theater listings click here.


Deepa Iyer Launches Solidarity Is This Podcast

Solidarity Is This is a new podcast created and hosted by Deepa Iyer who is with the Center for Social Inclusion and a 2017 Soros Equality Fellow. Each month, the show will explore how individuals and institutions are experimenting with and exploring multiracial solidarity.  Listeners will learn how to practice transformative solidarity in a rapidly transforming racial landscape and in the midst of heightened discrimination targeting communities of color. Iyer is also the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, winner of a 2016 American Book Award.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast here.



Director/producer Renee Tajima-Pena's film, No Más Bebés, Nominated for a 2017 Emmy® Award
No Más Bebés has been nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Historical Documentary. The nominations for the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced on July 25 by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Directed by Renee Tajima-Peña, the film looks at Los Angeles County General Hospital's sterilization abuse against Latinas in the early '70s.

No Más Bebés tells the story of Madrigal v. Quilligan, a historic lawsuit filed by 10 Mexican-American women who had been sterilized in the early '70s after having emergency Cesarean sections. Some of the women didn’t know that they'd undergone tubal ligations until Antonia Hernandéz, a Latina lawyer just one year out of law school, began contacting them. She'd gotten their names from Bernard Rosenfeld, a young white L.A. County resident who witnessed and condemned the abuse. Their suit named the hospital, the residents who performed their procedures and the state and federal governments.

San Francisco’s Brava Theater premiers new Cherrie Moraga play, The Mathematics of Love
This new play, written and directed by Cherríe Moraga, The Mathematics of Love, takes place in the lobby of the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel at the turn of the 21st century. Peaches, an aging (and mid-staged Alzheimer’s) Mexican woman and her Anglo husband, Poppa, are awaiting the arrival of their out-of-town son, God, who is to throw an anniversary party for them. Enter the 16th century Native female slave-turned-slaveholder, MalinXe, wearing red lipstick and sunglasses with “a small pyramid of Louis Vuitton luggage” trailing behind her. Her satirical presence digs up the dirt of a Tongva landscape, the nagging disquiet of those “Old San Gabriel Mission Days,” and an unreconciled story between mother and daughter. In Peaches’ time-traveling re-encounter with MalinXe, she is forced to concede a radically revised ledger on her life; its loves and losses -- the sum of 500-years of colonization.

The play runs August 10 - 27 at The Brava Theater in San Francisco. For ticket information, click here.


New Film from Qasim Basir Goes into Production
A new indie romance drama is in the works, written and directed by Qasim Basir. A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night stars Omari Hardwick (Power) and Meagan Good (in Hulu’s upcoming Foxy Brown). The story follows a Los Angeles club promoter named Cass (Hardwick), who on the night of the 2016 Presidential Election meets a woman named Free (Good) who challenges him to revisit his broken dreams. This happens during a series of unfortunate events during election night as Trump is surging ahead of Hilary Clinton.

Basir’s most recent film, Destined, hits theaters this fall. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year and went on to win nine awards, including both the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the American Black Film Festival. Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed, played by the same actor (Cory Hardrict) as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event.