We hear it’s been about five years since local filmmaker Josiah Hooper and The Rake Productions set out to tell the stories of members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13) and 18th Street gangs after they were deported from the U.S. to El Salvador.
The resulting documentary, Fruits of War, follows four young men as they transition from gang members to deportees, and ultimately into activists. The film is still a work in progress, but this Sunday there’s a chance to check it out and offer feedback.
Panelists expected to be in attendance include:
Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos (one of the men featured in the film), Josiah Hooper, Anamaria Loya of La Raza Centro Legal, and Eddy Zheng, who is facing deportation for criminal convictions from nearly two decades ago.
Admission to the screening, which is from 2-4 p.m. at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater (1834 Park Blvd., Oakland) is free—the pizza, beer and other snacks aren’t. (But you all know the old "no free lunch" saying, so suck it up.)
The screening is part of the “No Human Being is Illegal” Mini Film Festival, which also features a Friday night (Oct 26) film screening and discussion of Sentenced Home at the EastSide Cultural Center (2277 International Blvd., Oakland). Sentenced Home is a documentary about Cambodian Americans being deported for crimes they committed as youth and already served time for in the U.S.
Admission to that screening is also free, but donations are suggested.
The festival is hosted by a slew of organizations, including Center on Culture, Immigration and Youth Violence Prevention's Community Committee, the
Institute for the Study of Social Change, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, EastSide Arts Alliance and Parkway Theater. For more info, visit this link. --Mary Spicuzza