Join us at Holy Names University for APPSI Speaker Series – Oakland International Film Fest Encore Presentation of “Gina’s Journey”-The Search for William Grimes.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 / 5:45-8:00 PM / 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619

Please join us at Holy Names University of Oakland for the opening program of the Fall 2017 APPSI Speaker Series, presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI). This program is made possible by generous support from the HNU Education Department.

Oakland International Film Festival Encore Presentation

2017 OIFF Roots Award-Winning Film – Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes

Film screening and panel discussion with film director and executive producer

Gina’s Journey promotional photo
“Narrated by veteran actor and voice artist Keith David, Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes follows the quest of one woman, Regina Mason, in tracing the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history. Produced by Your Media 2, the film is based on the Afterword of the authoritative edition of the book, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave, written by Regina Mason and published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. The Afterword, “My Long Road Back to William Grimes” reveals Mason’s 15-year path to authenticate her ancestor’s story and the intense personal sacrifices that made editing and publishing a new edition of the Grimes narrative possible.

In making the film, Director and Producer Sean Durant sought to convey not only Mason’s long road to uncover her past, but also the unimaginable conditions that faced William Grimes as he struggled to free himself from slavery. To this end, Durant chose to use artfully-crafted re-enactments combined with current-day Mason reflecting on her own story and a masterful narration by Keith David. The result is a compelling and provocative documentary film from first time feature filmmaker Durant.” (Source:


* Sean Durant, director/producer, Gina’s Journey

* Regina Mason, executive producer, Gina’s Journey

* David Roach (moderator), executive director, Oakland Film Society


5:45-8:00 pm Film Screening & Panel Discussion / 8:00-8:45 pm Reception


Holy Names University (HNU) is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619. This event will be held in the HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA). Click on the following links for driving directions and campus map. (VCPA is marked “D” on the map.) Please note that parking at the VCPA is limited. Additional parking is available in the “Lower Parking Lot” on the north side of campus and also outside the campus gate, along Mountain Boulevard.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 5:45pm to 8:00pm
HNU Valley Center for the Performing Arts / 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
FREE for HNU students, staff, and faculty / $10 for general public