Part of SFFILM Festival
Truth to Power: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me
Oakland residents have long considered Barbara Lee to be their fierce and visionary champion for social justice equity, but it was her historic “no” vote in the aftermath of 9/11 that captured the attention of the world. This comprehensive documentary by local luminary Abby Ginzberg shows Lee in her hometown as she reminisces on her early years as a single mother dependent on federal aid, to her work with the Black Panthers, and her pivotal friendships with Shirley Chisholm and Ron Dellums. Ginzberg takes full advantage of her unlimited access to Lee’s sons, sisters, and colleagues to present a compelling and inspiring profile of a Bay Area political powerhouse who has steadfastly worked on behalf of the underserved for decades.
This is a free community screening.
Bay Area filmmaker Abby Ginzberg counts among her films Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey (2005); Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (2010); Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014), for which she won a Peabody Award; Agents of Change (2016); and Waging Change (2019).