These Walls Speak
Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:00PM

<em>These Walls Speak</em></br>
Film Screening and Discussion
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Join us for a special screening of the film, These Walls Speak with one of the filmmakers, Carla Wojczuk. The film documents and contextualizes San Francisco's community mural movement, early murals, and mural artists, incorporating old and new archival materials.

In 1984, more than 30 artists and activists came together to form the project PLACA, to demonstrate - in visual terms - their opposition to the US government's wars of intervention in Central America and their solidarity and respect for the people from these nations, who were arriving in San Francisco's Mission District by the thousands as exiles from thos wars. PLACA transformed Balmy Alley, in the heart of the Mission, into one of the first 'mural environments.'

CARLA WOJCZUK is a cross-disciplinary artist and cultural organizer. She currently does community advocacy work across the Bay Area with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, facilitates community mural projects, and leads public mural education walks with Precita Eyes Muralists.

MIRANDA BERGMAN joined other artists in the 1970s in the Haight-Ashbury Muralists. From 1972 to 1976 Bergman created labor-themed posters with Jane Nordling for the Working Peoples' Artists collective. She also worked on a CETA funded project with other artists to paint murals in the city jail. In 1986, Bergman worked with Juana Alicia, Hector Noel Méndez, Ariella Seidenberg, and Arch Williams to create the mural El Amancer (The Dawn) in a park in Managua, Nicaragua. Bergman and Alicia completed part of the work in the middle of the night, guarded by armed teenagers and "working in spite of the threat of a U.S.-backed Contra attack."

In 1994 she co-created "The Culture Contains the Seed of Resistance That Blossoms into the Flower of Liberation" with O’Brien Thiele, the last intact mural among the famed Placa murals of Balmy Alley in San Francisco. Bergman has also worked on other murals in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the 1990s, Bergman was a consulting editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies

. This May, Bergman participated in San Francisco SOMArts Cultural Center's exhibition, Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life and Activism of Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014)."

Photos: Courtesy of Lucia Ipolito, 1980s