When: April 2-5 2015
The Oakland International Film Festival is returning for its thirteenth year, with a diverse selection of films from Oakland and all over the world. Among them is F R E E, a new feature-length documentary that follows five teens in Oakland’s own Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, as they co-create a piece and work through the challenges in their lives — including issues of poverty, sexual abuse, and gang violence. East Side Sushi, another Oakland-made film, is a narrative about a young Latina who fights for the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a sushi chef. That film will also screen with the twenty-minute documentary TDK - The Dream Kontinues, which tells the story of the late graffiti writer Mike Dream, the TDK Crew, and Oakland graffiti today. From elsewhere, a highlight includes the documentary Melvin and Jean: An American Story, about two African-American activists who hijacked a Miami-bound plane and flew it to Algeria in 1972 to escape racial oppression in America.