“Roots” – Theme of 2017

“Roots” – Theme of 2017 15th Oakland International Film Festival – 40 years later.

In 1976, Alex Haley wrote the book “Roots-The Saga of an American Family.”
tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and later follows his life and the lives of his descendants in the United States down to Haley. The release of the novel, combined with its hugely popular television adaptation, Roots (1977), led to a cultural sensation in the United States, and it is considered to be one of the most important U.S. works of the 20th century.

2017, will mark 40 years since the television adaptation that brought into our living rooms a voice of struggle, resilience, pride, American/ Western education has continued to erase or overlook. Alex Haley’s attempt, like others described above, was to strengthen our ROOTS to increase pride within ourselves to do more, be more in the future.

2017, will also mark 50 years after 1967.

The year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript which became his final book, “ Where do we go from here? Chao’s or Community?

At a time that many are calling our great nation “The Divided States of America” and asking the question: “Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community?

We hope to inspire you to look deeper into your past/ our past in search of the answer.

We believe you will find inspiration from individuals/cultures of all races, colors, sex’s, religions, etc. We believe you will discover, we are all just human beings. Human beings with great potential to do great things. Especially, when we come together with a vision of providing a better place for the generations to come.

Kind regards,

David N. Roach
Director