Communities Against Hate, presented by Social Justice Film Festival [Online]
Mar. 26 at 12pm – Mar. 28 at 11:59pm PT
The Social Justice Film Institute is presenting a series of films about communities confronting and healing from violence and hate.
The program for Communities Against Hate includes screenings of the films Seva and HBCU Storytellers – Confederate Monuments: Heritage or Hatred?, which premiered at the 2020 Social Justice Film Festival.
Accompanying these films will be a panel and interviews between the filmmakers and artists behind these films and Social Justice Film Institute Advisory Council member Remoy Philip.
(Rippin Sindher, US, 2019, 16 min, in English and Punjabi with English subtitles)
August 5, 2012 marks the most violent hate crime against Sikhs in America. Following the temple massacre, Sikh activists combat rising xenophobia through the religious practice of selfless service known as seva, creating impact on a national scale and challenging the FBI to accurately report hate crimes against the Sikh community.
HBCU Storytellers – Confederate Monuments: Heritage or Hatred?
(Chadwick Gober, Brian Favors & James Hadgis, US, 2020, 22 min, in English)
Historically Black College and University students explore the question of Confederate monuments as heritage or hatred in America.
Virginia’s contentious history, and the controversies surrounding the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, gained national attention after the Unite the Right Rally in 2017, which resulted in the tragic death of Heather Heyer. HBCU Storytellers highlights community interviews with a diverse group of Virginians. Included among these debate stakeholders are high school student leader Zyhanna Bryant, and Dr. Wes Bellamy, the Vice Mayor of Charlottesville who led the charge to remove the Lee statue.
Confederate Monuments – Heritage or Hatred? is part three of four of an HBCU Storytellers short film project, 400 Years Later…’free-ish’, that explores the commemoration of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia in late August 1619. The films capture this epic milestone through the journey of fifteen HBCU students as they explore past and present race relations in the birthplace of American slavery. The documentaries follow the students in their efforts to promote racial healing and reconciliation as they grapple with Virginia’s history and the racial issues these monuments present.
Heritage or Hatred? had its world premiere in the official selection of 2020 Pan African Film Festival. This film is made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Nate Parker Foundation.