The Santa Clarita International Film Festival is committed to activism and as such, this year we are working closely with several non-profits which will host screening blocks that contain content that is relevant to the great work that they do every day. One such organization is the NAACP.
For more than a century the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing a plan of action for, the 21st Century. The purpose and goals of The Santa Clarita Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shall be to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination; and to take lawful action to secure the elimination of racial discrimination, to seek legislation and policies at the local and state levels.
We are here to serve!
In one of the “trials of the century" and with great relevance to today, Black Panthers leader Huey P. Newton faced the death penalty for killing a white policeman in a pre-dawn car stop in 1968 Oakland. While Newton and his maverick attorneys daringly indicted racism in the courts and the country, and a groundbreaking jury led by a historic black foreman deliberated Newton’s fate, the streets of Oakland and the nation were poised to explode if the jury came back with murder.
Wade in the Water: The documentary (2022) is a historical chronicle that delves into the 1,000-year-old Pan-African surfing tradition that stretched across the coastlines of West Africa and has since taken root in America. Weaving historical accounts with modern-day testimonials, the film seeks to dismantle racial barriers and chronicles the forgotten history of the Black surfing culture while featuring several leading surf historians, community leaders, environmental activists, and the up-and-coming generation of surfing pioneers.