Category Archives: Film

2/16/17 Executive Order 9066

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Tonight, we reflect on the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Issued by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this order forcibly removed 110,000 people of Japanese descent from the west coast to inland detention centers. Continue reading

1/5/17 Micro Finance in India, and Hooligan Sparrow Documentary


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On our new year spotlight, we look internationally at India and China exploring human rights issues and the complexity of micro finance.

Preeti Shekar talks with feminist author and academic Kalpana Karunakaran about her book: Women, Microfinance and the State in Neoliberal India. We examine how the politics of neoliberal economics impact women’s rights and organizing in India. They discuss how the Indian state, under the guise of fighting poverty and promoting women’s rights, manipulatively promotes micro finance among rural and poor women. We find that the reality on the ground is much more complex.

Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan, known as Hooligan Sparrow

Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan, known as Hooligan Sparrow

Melissa Hung talks with filmmaker Nanfu Wong about Hooligan Sparrow, one of 15 films on the 2017 Oscar shortlist for best documentary. Wong follows Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan, known as Hooligan Sparrow, as she seeks justice for six girls who were raped. She organizes a protest but is arrested the next day. Upon release, Ye is harassed and tracked by the government. Wong herself becomes a target of intimidation tactics. She smuggled footage out of China in order to make this film. The film opens January 6 at the 4 Star Theater in San Francisco and screens January 9 at 7 p.m. at the the Roxie Theater.

Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story


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Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin' at San Quentin

Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin’ at San Quentin

Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

The segment ends with a song by hip-hop artist Bambu about Eddy Zheng.

3/10/2016 – Eddy Zheng, Chinese Couplets and Dreams Deported

Tonight on Apex Express hosted by Salima Hamarai:
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Justine Lee talks to award-winning filmmaker and Bay-Area native Felicia Lowe about her documentary Chinese Couplets. The film is an intimate family story that explores the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on one family, over two centuries, in three countries, on four generations of women.

For the entire month of March, the film will be broadcast through Xfinity and on PBS in select markets. For more details, check out ChineseCouplets.com

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Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

And Alec MacDonald takes us to a gathering of immigration activists to talk about the recently released UCLA student publication “Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation.” In addition to describing how this book came into being, speakers Kent Wong, Amy Lin, Steve Li, and Mario de Leon Estrada discussed current challenges facing undocumented immigrants and the urgent need for policy reform in this area. Mario de Leon Estrada

Community Calendar

In the Crosshairs

On Fridays at 8pm March 11, 18 and 25. At the stage werx theater in SF. Join us for the stage show “in the crosshairs” – solo performance powerhouses Martha Rynberg and Thao P. Nguyen join forces to give you “In the Crosshairs,” a two-person sketch comedy show about hair. Yes, hair! http://crosshair.bpt.me/

When She Rises

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8pm-11pm – In partnership with the Trust Your Struggle Collective and Galería De La Raza, Studio Grand is pleased to present When She Rises, an exhibit dedicated to the resilience of women. The artists will be examining the experience of women in their countries of origin – the Philippines, India, and Japan. That’s at Studio Grand in Oakland from 8pm to 11 pm.

Growing Our Souls, Building Our Soil

This is a little ways off, but we’re trying to create some buzz. On Saturday, March 19 at 10 AM – 3 PM join us for Growing Our Souls, Building Our Soil :: A Day of Vision In Action.A part of the Bay Area Grace Lee Boggs Memorial Celebration Week at  Urban Tilth’s Edible Food Forest @ 16th Street & Ohio Ave, The Richmond Greenway, Richmond, CA

Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs: A Century In Love & Struggle

Sun. 3/20 – 12-3 pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Oakland. In celebration of Grace, we will bring together activists and organizers to share their reflections on Grace’s work, ideas, and current movements/struggles in the Bay Area. We will also be joined by guests from Detroit and the Boggs Center.

10/22/15 Feminist Films at this year’s 3rdi South Asian Film Fest; Tribute to Larry Itliong

On tonight’s show, find out about the feminist films screening at this year’s 3rdi South Asian Film Festival kickstarting in San Francisco tonight through Sunday October 25th. Pakistani Canadian Fawzia Mirza talks about her queer performance, Me, My Mom and Sharmila and her short films; local film maker Nyna Caputi discusses her film Petals in the Dust focusing on the pervasive issue of female infanticide in India and in the South Asian diaspora. Plus Sara Bronco and Frank Sterling pay a melodious tribute to farm workers through spotlighting the legendary Filipino labor organizer Larry Itliong. Plus community calendar. Hosted and Produced by Preeti Mangala Shekar

Tinku Ali and Outside the Frame.

Outside the Frame is an LGBT film festival, which this year provides an alternative to the bigger, more mainstream Frameline. Activists have criticized Frameline for taking money from the Israeli consulate, actively ignoring the call from Palestinians to observe BDS. Tinku explains why this issue is so important to him and why we should think about Palestine in our own quest for queer liberation.

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To find out more information about Outside the Frame, you can visit their website: http://outsidetheframefest.org/

5/28/2015 South Asia Spotlight: A grim analyses of the murders of human rights advocates in Pakistan and Bangladesh


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Sabeen MahmudOn tonight’s monthly South Asia spotlight, we interrogate the recent spate of murders of outspoken human rights activists and advocates in Pakistan and Bangladesh. In late April, noted human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud was brutally murdered. Bangladesh saw three outspoken bloggers and intellectual thinkers murdered in public spaces by Islamic fundamentalists.

Avijit RoyWhat does this mean? How do those of us in the west understand and engage with the disturbing tides of fundamentalism sweeping the South Asian subcontinent? What is the role of the US and the west in general in fueling this climate of repression and regression in countries that once held more secular and progressive possibilities? Here to tell us more are two wonderful activists and intellectuals: Rafia Zakaria from Pakistan and Tinku Ali Ishtiaq from Bangladesh.

We also bring you highlights from the ongoing Green Film Fest in San Francisco that starts May 28th through June 3. For more details about the fest visit: greenfilmfest.org