Kent School District will partner with Kingmakers of Oakland to hold a special private virtual screening of “Revolution Remix” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.
Co-written and co-directed by Judd Flemming and Cava Menzies in collaboration with Oakland-based African American youth activists, this film seeks to inform, inspire, and invite the audience to change the systems that have failed too many African American youth for too long, according to a school district news release.
In response to the 2020 summer protests, a collective of Oakland-based youth created this short film and soundtrack as an expression of their complex emotions. The 4-song Revolution Remix EP and visual storytelling of the film capture the spirit of the struggle and perseverance African Americans have experienced since their ancestors first stepped foot on the eastern shore in bondage. Too often, stories about and for young people are told through the eyes of adults. As griots of their generation, this dynamic story is by youth for youth.
During this once in a lifetime moment in history, when youth mental health, affirming education and the very right to life are under attack, every adult working with young Black people should pay attention to this rare opportunity to hear their cry, understand their struggle, and be inspired to act.
“The Revolution Remix film is a powerful visual and lyrical narrative that amplifies youth voice and breathes life into our movement for liberation,” Menzies said. “In the spirit of Sankofa, the film is both an homage to our ancestors and a harrowing call to action towards our collective future.”
“Kent School District is proud of our partnership with Kingmakers of Oakland as we strive to create a whole system of equity and excellence, deepen engagement and increase the understanding of the mutual benefits of pursuing the creation of a more equitable, inclusive, thriving community,” Superintendent Calvin J. Watts said.
The film will be the centerpiece of a co-sponsored community event that aims to showcase the partnership with Kingmakers of Oakland and celebrate the importance of uplifting, celebrating, and amplifying the brilliance, voice and leadership of African American youth. The event will also include a special panel discussion featuring artists from the film as well as local Kent School District youth and Kent community stakeholders.
People interested in attending the private screening event can register at bit.ly/3eINtOW by 5 p.m. on June 14.