Based on a poem by a native Oaklander Yalie Kamara, this documentary short will create a visual mosaic for the city of Oakland, it’s people, and it’s changing social and racial landscape. The poem, titled “On the Myth of Home,” harnesses layers of richly texture imagery to transform preconceived notions of Oakland and it’s people into a celebration of the diverse socio-cultural landscape of this unique city.
We will be tackling both the seen and unseen issues. From the history of the black Panthers to the gentrification of predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods by the overflow of the techies of Silicon Valley. All of these issues are married to one another in a beautifully complex ebb and flow of harmony and disharmony. And as more and more innocent black men and women are killed in senseless acts of police brutality across the nation, the voice of Oakland cannot be ignored.