Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
515 Cortland Avenue
Reserve your place by June 19, 2017
Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past–making it not just a movie but a movement.
From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968, to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960’s. Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.
Abby Ginzberg, is a Peabody award-winning director who has been producing award-winning documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. Agents of Change, premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and won the Jury and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary.
She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has awarded over $1 million in grants to documentary filmmakers; is on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project. She was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008.