Come experience films that inspire our capacity to cultivate purpose and create destiny. With brilliant entries from around the world, this year’s 12th Oakland Annual International Film Festival is sure to satisfy even the most discerning film enthusiasts. Far from the clichéd once-upon-a-time tales of happily-ever-after, this eclectic collection of compelling documentaries and thought-provoking stories explore life’s intimate trials and historic conflicts. The Organic Life, Black & Cuba, Pistols to Porn, and Suicide Party Short are just a few of more than 20 cinematic attractions featured in this year’s pleasure-packed, four-day festival.
Events begin on Thursday, April 3rd at The Grand Lake Theatre (3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610). Director, Philippe Niang’s film, Toussaint Louverture, opens with Jimmy Jean-Louis’ strong portrayal of General Toussaint Louverture, who along with General Dessalines liberated Santo Domingo from European colonization and enslavement, establishing the independent nation of Haiti in 1804. Day two, April 4th is held at The Historic BAL Theater (14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578, Phone 510-614-7700). First up is the short, Una Hora Un Paso, directed by Bernat Gual and Aitor Iturriza. The screening of Oakland Originals, directed by Jim McSilver, kicks off day three of the festival, April 5th, at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle (410 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, Phone 510-839-4644).
The Last Piano, produced and directed by Katherine Gorringe, leads the line-up on Sunday, April 6th, at the Black Repertory Theater (3201 Adeline Street in Berkeley, CA 94703, Phone 510-652-2120). The Michael Lange Story, Joke Thief, Shine, and director karen Seneferu’s Fruitvale to Florida - Strange Fruit No more - a powerful tribute to Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and other victims of injustice, are among the closing-day highlights of the 12th Oakland Annual International Film Festival. Serious enjoyment, genuine themes, and provocative story-telling fuel this year’s cornucopia of impressive films. Come be captivated! Tickets can be purchased at http://www.oaklandinternationalfilmfestival.com/tickets/ Visit http://www.oaklandinternationalfilmfestival.com/ for full details.