Maison de la Culture Noire Americaine (MCNA) partnered with the Oakland International Film Festival to screen “Melvin and Jean: An American Story” by Maia Wechsler on the festival’s opening night.
We were honored to have Dr. Waldo E. Martin (UC Berkeley professor and co-author of “Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party”) and Dr. Tyler Stovall (Dean of Humanities at UC Santa Cruz and author of “Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light” and “Black France/France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness”) – both of whom appear in the documentary – to sit on our Q&A panel and field questions from an inquisitive audience.
The program closed with a special performance by Bay Area’s own international recording artist, Martin Luther, whose soulful voice and thought provoking lyrics encouraged us all to forge on and continue to be catalysts for change. A huge MERCI BEAUCOUP to all who came out to support MCNA and OIFF! If you missed this screening, do not fret; we will be screening this fabulous film again. Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming dates.
Blessings and gros bisous!