SF URBAN FILM FESTIVAL: Protest and Celebration in Our Shared Spaces

November 11 only

5th annual SF Urban Film Fest
Opening Night!

Join us at the 5th annual SF Urban Film Fest (November 11-18, 2018), a week-long film festival that celebrates cities and civic engagement. Our theme this year is “The City That Holds Us”. We invite you to imagine the city as generous instead of extractive – a frame that helps us better address staggering income inequality, decades-long housing crisis, devastating climate change, and inhumane violence against people of color. In this year’s festival, we reframe the city as reciprocal, we as inhabitants contribute to it, and it takes care of us by providing outlets for artistic expression, a stage for organizing political movements, places to build community through team sports, and inspiration for stories of human resilience. We believe in public policies and urban planning practices prioritizing human connection, instead of the current focus on efficiency and adding economic value.

Roxie Theater hosts two programs: November 11 (Protest and Celebration in Our Shared Spaces) and November 14 (Sports In The City – For Economy or Community?). For the full schedule of events, please visit at https://sfurbanfilmfest.com/2018a/

November 11, 6PM-  SF Urban Film Fest: Protest and Celebration in Our Shared Spaces (Followed by a Q&A)

Four short films will explore how public spaces are venues for civil disobedience, protest, and celebration – “Women’s March Film”, “Urban Art Demands Justice: A Drive Through Ciudad Juárez”, “The Headwearshop: Black Lives Matter”, and “Velo Visionaries: Chris Carlsson.”

Q &A moderated by Robin Abad Ocubillo, SFUFF Program Producer will follow the film screening with the following panelists: Professor Jeffrey Hou, Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington and Co-Editor “City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy” (2017) Angela Washington, Journalist and Filmmaker, profiled in “Women’s March Film,” and Chris Carlsson, Writer, Editor, and Historian. Co-Founder, Critical Mass.


URBAN ART DEMANDS JUSTICE: A Drive Through Ciudad Juárez. Directed by Daniela Martin/Mexico/ 2016 / 14 min

A new movement in the Ciudad Juárez street art scene plays a major role in the fight for justice in the Mexican border town. Artists paint large murals with portraits of disappeared women and victims of feminicide. Moving through the roads of Mexico’s most violent city and meeting young artists, the film explores this new art movement of protest and solidarity.

THE HEADWEARSHOP: Black Lives Matter. Directed by Shantré Pinkney/USA /2014 /2 min

A woman prepares herself to join a Black Lives Matter protest.

VELO VISIONARIES: CHRIS CARLSSON. Directed by Kristin Tieche/ USA / 2016 / 6 min

A deeply moving profile of Chris Carlsson, author, historian and co-founder of Critical Mass and Shaping San Francisco.

WOMEN’S MARCH FILM. Directed by Mischa Hedges/USA /2018 / 30 MINS

On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. The same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world. For some, it was their first time marching, for others, the continuation of a decades-long fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. For all, it was an opportunity to make their voices heard. It was the largest one-day protest in American history.

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