SF URBAN FILM FESTIVAL: Sports In The City – For Economy or Community?

November 14 only

5th annual SF Urban Film Fest

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 14, 6:30PM – Sports In The City – For Economy or Community? (Followed by a Q&A)

Professional athletic sports dominate the attention of City Hall and mass media, but often it’s the grass-roots sports programs that provide underserved youth a connection to each other, the larger athletic community and the city as a whole. The “White Elephants” film questions the impact of a waterfront stadium project in Cape Town, South Africa, as the “Futbolistas 4 Life” and the “City Surf Project” films bring Bay Area empowerment stories to life.

Join us after the screening for a panel discussion with speakers who represent many sides of this issue, and is moderated by Theo Ellington, Former Director of Public Affairs for the Warriors.  Panelists include: Dania Cabello, Sports Activist and Educator, featured in “Futbolistas for Life,” Oscar Guerra, Director, “City Surf Project,” Avni Shah, Director, “White Elephants,” and Jun Stinson, Director, “Futbolistas 4 Life.”


CITY SURF PROJECT. Directed by Oscar Guerra/USA/2018/10 min

A local Bay Area group teach surfing to kids who may not otherwise have resources or access.

FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE. Directed by Jun Stinson/USA/2019/40 min

Futbolistas 4 Life takes you into the lives of two Oakland high schoolers: One is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who’s navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen who lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines. The film also features the fighting spirit of their coach Dania – a former professional soccer player. At a time when Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes around the world have used their platform to speak out on injustices in the U.S., Dania also uses her role to help players understand the inequities that exist in their community. A former professional athlete and the daughter of political refugees from Chile, Dania uses her love for the game and her family’s own immigrant experience to connect with and empower her players.

WHITE ELEPHANTS. Directed by Avni Shah/South Africa.2018/Documentary/19 min

Sport has the power to inspire and unite people. White Elephants is a short documentary that investigates the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa through a series of (exclusive!) interviews and footage. The film asks the questions – what is left behind after the celebration is over and the memory has faded, and was it worth it?

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