Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender identity, and religion. Music—from rap to gospel—are also strong components of each film.
Agents of Change (2016) is a documentary that links the past to the present and the present to the past, making it not just a movie but a movement. From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968, to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960s.
Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. More than 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.
Join the talkback after the screening with filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson, who also coproduced the film.