This month we have the opportunity to partner with some friends and neighbors here in Santa Barbara to present several justice-oriented films and discussions. On Saturday, August 4 and Saturday, August 11, the Barbareno Chumash Council and Tribal Eye Productions are showing two short films exploring the impact of the mission system on indigenous communities and discussing how we heal from historical trauma. Each film will be followed by a community conversation. On Friday, August 17, we are partnering with The Fund for Santa Barbara to screen the 1954 blacklisted film, “Salt of the Earth,” with local leader Dick Flacks presenting. As we look toward the justice work that is ahead of us, taking time to understand our history is important. If we hope to build a better future, we must also understand where we’ve been! I hope you can join me for these film nights this summer, and renew your spirit with some good community and good conversation. These events are open to the public, so bring a friend!
Saturday, August 4 at 7:00 pm
“Telling the Truth about California Missions”
Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 pm
“Tears of our Ancestors: Healing from Historical Trauma”
Presented by the Barbareno Chumash Council and Tribal Eye Productions
“These films peel back the layers of California history to reveal the truly destructive and lasting impact the Spanish mission era, the Mexican rancho period, the gold rush and early statehood had on the lives, languages and cultures of the state’s indigenous peoples.”
—Barbareno Chumash Council Chairman Marcus Lopez
Each film will be followed by a panel and discussion.
Friday, August 17 at 6:30 pm
“Salt of the Earth”
Presented by The Fund for Santa Barbara
This highly acclaimed film is about the labor struggle of Mexican-American mine workers in New Mexico in the 1950s in their efforts to protest unsafe work conditions and unequal wages. Not only was the film itself blacklisted, but most of the cast were among the blacklisted victims of the McCarthy-era anti-communist hysteria. The film’s message of resistance is more relevant than ever, particularly in this period of our nation’s current political crisis. Join professor Dick Flacks for a remarkable opportunity to see this landmark film!