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Culture of Resistance Versus Culture Vultures

SF Urban Film Fest and SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District present film shorts and a panel to spark discussion on how different grass-roots organizations, in San Francisco and Los Angeles, have used arts and culture to promote community preservation and self-determination. We will also explore the potential risks of this strategy including issues of the commodification of people’s culture and the attraction of speculative investment leading to displacement of communities.

Co-Presented by SOMA Pilipinas 

Tickets: $12


  • Raquel Redondiez, Executive Director, SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District
  • Grant Sunoo, Director of Planning, Little Tokyo Service Center
  • Scott Oshima, Sustainable Little Tokyo Program Director, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
  • Josué Rojas, Executive Director, Acción Latina
  • Moderator: Fay Darmawi, Founder and Executive Producer, SF Urban Film Fest

Special Guest: We are honored that Emory Douglas, Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, will be in attendance with us this evening although he will not be on the panel.

Curated by SOMA Pilipinas and Fay Darmawi

CM credits pending

In this program


Defend Boyle Heights Action Against Gentrification

Directed by Will Prada

In this short video, Defend Boyle Heights showcase their militant resistance to gentrification and art washing. By using…

First Street North: Another Made In Japan You Don’t Really Know About

Directed by Ken Honjo

A young calligrapher from Japan experiences Little Tokyo Los Angeles.


Emory Douglas: The Art of the Black Panthers

Directed by Andre Andreev, Dan Covert

Emory Davis, the art of the Black Panther Party, and the role of arts in revolution.

Preserve First Street North

First Street North

Directed by Maya Santos

As the City of Los Angeles moves forward with redevelopment, Little Tokyo is working to ensure that its vision for community-driven development is respected.

Several people in folding chairs

A Place on 6th and Mission

Directed by R.J. Lozada

A short observational documentary on the Bayanihan Community Center–a longtime institution vital to the Filipino and Filipino- American…

An illustration of two people surrounded by housing signs and looking distressed

Priced Out

Directed by Dyan Ruiz, Joseph Smooke

Priced Out is a 6-part animated web series that follows a young couple as they discover why housing is so expensive and what we can do about it.

Four people face the camera with Los Angeles in the background

The Town I Live In

Directed by Guadalupe Rosales, Matt Wolf

In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, local activists and members of the art community clash over the fate of a beloved neighborhood.

Dates & Times


Bayanihan Community Center

Fri, Feb 7
6:00 pm