Long Train Running: A History of the Oakland Blues
Ashley Omoma is pursuing a Master of Journalism degree at UC Berkeley. As a journalist and documentarian, she works to amplify narratives that often go untold.
Troyce Key, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Lowell Fulsome, Elmon Douggar,
Marlon Riggs and Peter Webster’s thesis project reflects on the heyday of Oakland blues in the late 1940s and ’50s, when an influx of African American shipyard workers mostly hailing from Louisiana and Texas arrived in the Bay Area. Combining vintage photographs, archival footage, interviews, and performances at venues like Eli’s Mile High Club, Riggs and Webster chronicle Oakland’s vibrant past while revealing an uncertain present.
I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs
Karen Everett, United States, 1996
“I Shall Not Be Removed traces [Riggs’s] development from a precocious childhood in the close-knit African American community of Fort Worth, Texas, through his political awakening at Harvard, to his final years as a courageous advocate for free expression and on behalf of stigmatized people everywhere. Clips from all eight of Marlon’s films show how he evolved a unique experimental documentary style, mixing poetry and criticism, the personal and the political.”