'Ferguson Rises' Film Screening Event

'Ferguson Rises' Film Screening Event

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CalArts Campus

Bijou Theater

Mobolaji Olambiwonnu - Director/Producer

Mobolaji is a graduate of UCLA and AFI. His first feature documentary Ferguson Rises is the recipient of the prestigious Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now being distributed by PBS. Besides film work, Mobolaji also works in the fields of education, conflict resolution, and community organizing. His community-based experience is the conscience behind his work.

Ferguson Rises Trailer

Film Synopsis

Ferguson Rises is an unparalleled documentary film that intimately follows the journey of Michael Brown Sr., whose teenage son’s death by police in Ferguson, Missouri. The film centers on Michael Sr.'s search for healing and justice alongside his community amidst the international media frenzy and inspiring the global Black Lives Matter movement. The filmmaker hears from widely varying perspectives including business owners, neighbors outraged by or participating in the protests, police officers, and ministers. Ferguson Rises illustrates the enduring struggles and triumphs of the African diaspora and the strength of community. Ferguson Rises ultimately embodies the power of channeling grief into change and can help add visual and emotional resonance to some of the topics you may be discussing with your community.

About the Screening

The film with a facilitated discussion allows the audience to navigate difficult topics such as race, policing, resilience, trauma, and mental health.

Our hope is that attendees can take those conversations to their organizations and communities to share empathy, understanding, and respect.

What should you expect to get out of screening and Q&A?

  • Develop a greater understanding of the issues around race, policing, grief, and fatherhood in the film and how they relate to today

  • Increase their understanding of the intersectionality between the African American experience and their own

  • Connect with the universality of the grieving process and the need to find purpose in their struggles

  • Become more sensitized to the challenges that their peers and others may be experiencing

  • Moved and primed for conversation and action as it relates to your organization’s directives and other social justice engagements

Reception to follow.