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29 Apr
Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 8:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Débora Souza Silva is expected to attend with subjects Angela Williams and Wanda Johnson.


Wanda Johnson and Angela Williams, mothers of young Black men victimized by police brutality, come together and build a network of community-led support, mutual aid, and healing in Débora Souza Silva’s trenchant documentary spanning Oakland’s Fruitvale to the American South. Long before George Floyd’s murder and the BLM protests in 2020, Oscar Grant’s 2009 fateful encounter with law enforcement on a BART platform seeded public awareness and cultural consciousness of systemic racism and its discontents. Paying forward lessons learned and advocating against anti-Black violence in memory of her son, Oscar, Wanda Johnson holds space for Angela Williams, whose teen son, Ulysses, survives a police encounter in Troy, Alabama, living to tell his story. Radical empathy fuels this timely exposé.

Director Débora Souza Silva

Débora Souza Silva is a documentary filmmaker whose work examines systemic racism and inequality. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, and on PBS, BBC, Reveal News, KQED, and Fusion. She is a recipient of the Les Payne Founder’s Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the NYT Institute Fellowship. She started her career as a TV reporter in Brazil before moving to California to pursue a Master’s in Journalism at UC Berkeley. In 2016, Silva was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Investigative Reporting; in 2018, she was a filmmaker in residence at SFFILM. For the four-part documentary series, The Aftermath, she won a Gracie Award. Black Mothers Love and Resist is her first feature.



Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere World

Runtime 102

Country USA

Director Débora Souza Silva

Executive Producer Meadow Fund

Producer Débora Souza Silva, David Felix Sutcliffe, Adina Luo, Loi Ameera Almeron (Co-Producer)

Editor Sara Maamouri

Cinematographer Contessa Gayles, Débora Souza Silva, David Felix Sutcliffe

Music Tangelene Bolton

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.