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October 14, 2015
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Film explores obstacles
for kids of color
Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and eco-
nomic development, minority families increasingly
settle in outer Portland and Gresham. That’s the back-
drop for the Portland documentary “Holla,” which
screens Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood
Theater in northeast Portland.
“Holla” chronicles the organization of the same
name, founded by African-American Pastor Eric
Knox to mentor kids of color in predominantly white
and white-taught schools.
The film explores the lives of three young wom-
en on the Holla basketball team, as mentorship subtly
transforms their experience. Through tough love and
tenderness the kids learn to hurdle obstacles and ad-
versity in a system biased against them.
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A screen shot from the Portland-based documen-
tary ‘Holla,’ a film challenging the narrative for
kids of color in America’s so-called whitest city.
Robert Munoz of Portland State University and Di-
ane Watson of Lewis & Clark College, as well as raw
testimonials from mentors and mentees, “Holla” is
an informative, humorous, and heartbreaking look at
the issues that we face, as we struggle to fulfill the
promise of integration and equal opportunity.
The screening will be followed by a question and
answer session with the filmmakers and “Holla”
funder Eric Knox.
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‘The Radiant Child’ chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of a young artist who was the prince of the
post-pop scene in New York by the time of his premature death in the 1980s.
Rise and Fall of ‘The Radiant Child’
World-renown black artist and
“Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium
phenomenon Jean-Michel Basqui- Radiant Child” shows Wednesday, at the Portland Art Museum, down-
at’s story is coming to Portland’s Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Northwest town. General admission is $9.
Northwest Film Center with the
documentary “Jean-Michel Bas-
quiat: The Radiant Child.’
The film chronicles the mete-
oric rise and fall of a young artist
who was the prince of the post-pop
scene in New York by the time of
his premature death in the 1980s.
Combining never-before-seen in-
terview footage with commentary
from friends and contemporary art
world luminaries, the documenta-
ry offers a compelling introduc-
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