Struggle and Hope

Struggle & Hope

Join us for Rough Cuts in September:

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
7:00 – Reception (Complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided)
7:30 p.m. – Screening
Free admission!


2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Sponsored by KQED's "Truly CA"

To attend, please RSVP by noon on Thursday, September 8th to

Struggle & Hope
Directed by Kari Barber

Among the wealth of untold stories in American history is the rise and slow disappearance of all-black towns that sprung up in the American West following the end of the Civil War. Founded in an effort to convince the U.S. to create an all-black state, most of these towns have now been swallowed up by nearby counties and cities, or are clinging desperately for their survival. Kari Barber's shrewd and thoughtful "Struggle & Hope" mines the stories of the last-remaining residents of these towns, while charting their heroic efforts to ensure that their town retains its independence, character, and even hopes for a better future.

Moderator: Susan Stern

Susan Stern
Susan Stern has produced awarding-winning poetry, investigative journalism and films. Her documentaries "Barbie Nation" and "The Self-Made Man" played festivals and television worldwide, winning two Emmy nominations and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. She is currently making a narrative political thriller set in Nigeria, and a documentary on her late husband, the underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez.

Sponsored by:

Doc Fest

Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories is KQED's showcase of the best independently produced documentaries about the Golden State.

Broadcast year-round on KQED's television channels, Truly CA brings audiences original and entertaining stories from Mount Shasta to the Mojave Desert, from San Francisco to San Diego.

You can also watch films in their entirety online at YouTube:


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