Finding the Gold Within


Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 4, 2014 8:00 PM
Rafael 3 Sun, Oct 12, 2014 4:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:92
Director:Karina Epperlein
Producer:Karina Epperlein
Screenwriter:Karina Epperlein
Cinematographer:Andy Black
Karina Epperlein
Vicente Franco
Editor:Karina Epperlein
James Gowdey
Cast:Kwame Scruggs
Jerry Kwame Williams
Tyler Jones
Brandyn Costa
Stacee Starr
Shawntrail Smith
Imani Scruggs
Darius Simpson
Note Writer:Michael Fox


“If there is no enemy within, no enemy from without can harm you.” That’s one of the countless nuggets of wisdom, usually encased in a myth, passed down over the last decade to hundreds of black Ohio adolescents who’ve participated in a unique, multi-year mentoring program. Alchemy, Inc.’s approach is centered on a drum circle that fosters self-awareness and sharing and instills self-confidence, critical thinking, maturity, and a determination to succeed. Those qualities are readily apparent in the six college freshmen that Bay Area filmmaker Karina Epperlein (Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997, MVFF 2009) follows as they leave home for the first time. Obliged to deflect and reflect stereotypes and racism from other students, in addition to all the usual challenges that go with stepping up a level, they must draw on every internal resource. At a certain point in this intimate and poetic film, a new group of sixth graders takes their place behind the drums. The circle remains unbroken. WORLD PREMIERE

Special guests from Alchemy, Inc. will attend the screenings.


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Karina Epperlein’s films have consistently looked into society’s dark corners, finding the light, and addressing themes of justice, transformation and healing. Her award-winning documentary work of twenty-two years spans themes from women in prison (Voices from Inside, 1996), the Armenian genocide, to dance and disability. Her short film Phoenix Dance (2006) screened in more than 120 festivals and theatres all over the world. It was “short-listed” for the 2006 Oscar Nomination for Short Documentary, and won numerous awards, including a Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco Int’l Film Festival. Finding the Gold Within is her tenth film.