Somewhere Between

Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, “Somewhere Between” is the true story of the coming of age of four girls adopted from Chinese orphanages into American families. The film focuses on the intersection of race, identity, family, and adoption. While viewing these stories, the audience is exposed to the complexity of forming a family that doesn’t meet the general expectations of society.

The director made the film so the girls could share their common experiences and for everyone who grapples with issues of race, culture, identity, and being “different.” The girls travel together, and discuss many thoughts and questions they have in common. One girl even decides to go to China to find her birth family.

The film explores the emotional and psychological fallout on children and parents when stereotypes and assumptions collide.

The Diversity Film Series proudly presents “Somewhere Between” to open a dialogue about what we see, who we are, and the changing face of the American family.

Review by John Anderson, Variety Magazine“One needs several hearts to survive the breakage inflicted by “Somewhere Between,” a delicately wrought, deeply felt docu-profile of four teenage girls who differ in background and aspirations, but are all adopted from China… One girl remembers being abandoned at age 2 by her brother at a bus stop. 80,000 children from China have been adopted in the United States since 1989.”

TWO FREE SHOWINGS

In Piedmont: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont

6:30 PM Reception | 7 PM Screening | 8-9 PM Facilitated community discussion

In Oakland: Saturday, March 28, 2015
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

3 PM Screening


Salaam Dunk!

Basketball is much more than a game in SF filmmaker David Fine’s stirring documentary about an Iraqi women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq — Sulaimani (AUIS) in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play any sport, it is a blissful release from the realities of a war-torn nation.

They come from all ethnicities and sects — Arab, Kurd, Christian, Sunni, Shiite — but the joy they discover in playing and working with the young American man who coaches them reveals an Iraq united in a way we don’t see in the headlines.

David Fine will attend the screening, and be there to fill you in on how Salaam Dunk was made, and what’s happened since.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:30 PM Doors open and informal reception | 7:00 PM Film screening
8:20 PM Discussion with filmmaker David Fine
Free

Paths of the Displaced

Paths of the Displaced tells three kinds of stories: the first are the stories of five Sudanese teenage refugees and the tremendous hardships they endured to survive war and genocide and escape to the U.S. The second are their stories of survival and adaptation…in Lincoln [Nebraska]. The third is the storyteller’s tale, about [Natalia] Ledford herself, an Anglo-American woman and high school senior at the time the film began, who decided that the stories of her classmates were important enough that the world should know them. Each of these stories is compelling on its own; together they form an irresistible tapestry.”   ~ Hanna Day Woodruff, starcityblog.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011
6:30 PM Reception | 7:00 – 8:00 PM Film Screening
8:00 – 9:00 PM Community Discussion

Free


Path of the Displaced

Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice

Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice chronicles the life of a man who gave Ronald Reagan fits by fighting for immigrants’ rights, and helped Cesar Chavez improve the lives of millions of farm workers. It will engage students and inspire thought and discussion in a wide range of courses in ethnic and Latino studies, American studies and history, sociology, law and jurisprudence, public policy, and contemporary social problems. It was produced by award-winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and narrated by noted actor and writer Luis Valdez.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
6:30 PM Reception | 7:00 – 8:00 PM Film Screening
8:00 – 9:00 PM Community Discussion