By Gino Pastori-Ng

This month, the Beloved Community Event Series continues at Youth Impact HUB Oakland with the Black & Brown Unity Short Film Showcase, which highlights multicultural, inter-generational collaboration for social change.

The event includes an opening ritual with youth from 67 Sueños performing poetry about Black and Brown unity and presenting a short film about a Black and Brown unity mural that was created by youth in Oakland.

This will be followed by presentations from local film companies and collectives, like Green Eyed Media and Simphony Productions, about the process of doing multicultural collaboration, and the strategy for creating films that show solidarity between Black, Latino, Asian and Native communities.

The Short Film showcase will also feature a series of short films by youth and young adult filmmakers from United RootsYouth Impact HUB, and partner organizations, with Q&A sessions after each film. This event will also be the world premiere of Color Correction, the new short film by DetermiNation Media Group.

This monthly cultural event series aims to inspire youth to draw on their cultural heritage for their entrepreneurship and creative expression, and is leading up to the launch of the Youth HUB Fellowship Program in January 2015. At an opening ceremony event on September 24, applications were officially released for youth and mentors interested in participating in the year-long social enterprise training and co-working program. The event series will continue on November 19 with a youth-made art exhibit and marketplace, and on December 10, with the official Youth HUB Fellowship Launch Event and Winter Solstice Holiday Party at Impact HUB Oakland.

The short film showcase is on Wednesday, October 22 at United Roots, 2781 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with free food, and the event will go from 6 – 9 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Gino Pastori-Ng is a proud Oakland native who supports youth-led innovation for a more equitable world as co-founder and co-director of both Youth SEED and Youth Impact HUB Oakland.

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