Film lovers, directors, producers and just about anyone who’s interested in the making and viewing of films will be gathered to engage in the San Francisco’s 58th International Film Festival. A festival is nothing if people don’t attend, therefore, it is a truly group effort. Much of the work showcased this season is, too, inspired by the idea of group formation. Various catalysts that bring people together whether it be a tragedy, art or other sociocultural moments were dissected by film directors from around the world: The racial divide that brought together the Black Panthers, the artistry and creativity that masked the famous music group the Residents, the spontaneity of willing souls to participate in a live inquiry and the ideology of a nation that sparks a movement. So get a group of your friends together and check out these films featuring some of the most exciting social movements at this year’s film festival:
Miranda July calls upon audience participation for her live and onstage investigation into group formation. This demonstration “will test the limits of what is possible given two hours and a room full of strangers.” You’ll have to experience this first-hand to understand its purpose.
This is an in-depth look into the timeline of the infamous Black Panthers. Directed by award-winning chronicler of African-American life, Stanley Nelson, this film informs the viewer when, why and how this radical group formed and functioned.
A masked group gets metaphorically unmasked by director Don Hardy. This is an energy-filled film that reveals the origin of the musical group The Residents, including their creative process and their relevance today.
In the wake of a nationwide upheaval, a movement and group formed called The Red Army Faction. Jean-Gabriel Pério curates footage from archives to depict West Germany during the 60s and 70s, the response from young people and the impact it had on ideology.
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Dairia Kymber Harvin