Films, Conversations, and Lectures for the Dual Pandemics of Racism & COVID19


A personal essay by filmmaker Nadine Patterson made at the onset of COVID19 when the developer Joel Freedman refused to work with the City of Philadelphia to re-open Hahnemann for COVID19 patients. The footage is from a protest in the summer of 2019 by members of PASNAP, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals and attendees at Netroots Nation.

PEOPLE OVER PROFITS from Nadine M. Patterson on Vimeo.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide, lecture by author/educator Carol Anderson

A Conversation on Race and Privilege with Angela Y. Davis and Jane Elliot at the University of Houston School of Social Work, 2018. Moderated by Dr. Jean Kantambu Latting.

Start at 00:04:03 and go to 01:41:00 [hr:min:sec:].

SIFTMedia 215 LIVE! is a 4-part series of film and discussion with Black & Latinx Womxn filmmakers.  Join us every Thursday @8pm.

This screening series is a counter-narrative of Black and Latinx life in Philadelphia. During these challenging times of COVID19 and social reckoning, SIFTMedia 215 Live! provides a space for people from throughout the Philadelphia region, and the world, to share, discuss, and debate how we all can better serve our beloved communities. The series is curated by Nikki Harmon.

The series is supported by grants from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Independence Public Media Foundation.


Sign up here for this week’s screening celebrating Juneteenth!

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 8:00 pm A Juneteenth Offering 

And They Jumped Into The Water Some… (2017, 9 min) dir. by Lois Moses  

While trekking through “The Middle Passage”, enslaved Africans are confronted with a perplexing choice, demonstrating some freedoms require great sacrifice.

Presentation of a reading of Moses’ new work-in-progress, EPISTLES OF LOVE: The Gospels according to Edgar & Clara. This short will be based on a series of love letters exchanged between Edgar Wilson and Clara Moses-Wilson from 1936 to 1939. Through their exchange, we bear witness to the complex intersections of race, health, economics, and the impact that WWI, the Spanish Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, and the Great Migration had on the lives, love, and marriage of African Americans. Live performance by well-known Philadelphian actors, Kala Moses-Baxter and Brian A. Wilson.

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A and talkback with Lois Moses, the actors, and Bryce Payne from And They Jumped in the Water, Some ….


SIFT MEDIA215 LIVE Sanctuary Poster

Sign up here for part 3 Expanding Sancturary

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 8:00 pm 

Expanding Sanctuary dir. by Kristal Sotomayor, (2020, 26 min)

For the past four years, Philadelphia has been a leader in the sanctuary city movement. Juntos, a Latinx immigrant rights organization, has learned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been using the Philadelphia Police’s Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS) database to gather deportation orders. To stop the collaboration, the Latinx immigrant community must now organize to pass historic immigrant and human rights policies to protect their community. Currently in post-production.

There will be a filmmaker Q & A followed by a discussion about the effect of Covid-19 on the immigrant population with a current member of Juntos.

Sign up here for part 4: Youth, Race and Racing

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 8:00 pm

Filmmakers Nadine Patterson, Tatiana Bacchus, and Bettina Escauriza share their visions about youth experience, resilience and aspiration.

LoqueeshaAshleyFranklinJoseBrown (18 min, 2001) dir. Nadine Patterson. An experimental documentary about the children of Philadelphia, with poetry written and performed by Ursula Rucker.

On The Job with Lani Lou (6 min, 2016) dir. Tatiana Bacchus. Young host Lani, uncovers some of the coolest things about NASCAR from the only African American driver on the main circuit– Bubba Wallace.

THUG (21 min, 2020) dir. Bettina Escauriza. After a chance encounter, a mother stalks the boy accused of bullying her son.

Program is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and a special guest!




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