THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM & RIDING MY WAY BACK, co-presented by The Berkeley FILM Foundation with Q&A following the film with director Robin Fryday (Doc Night)
Two shorts by Robin Fryday!
About "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights" - The film features 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong, an African American barber in Birmingham, Alabama, as he experiences the manifestation of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. This colorful and courageous activist of the Civil Rights era casts his vote, celebrates Obama's victory and proudly unfurls the American flag as he is inducted into the Foot Soldiers Hall of Fame. Mr. Armstrong links the magnitude of the present paradigm shift with challenges he faced in the past: from his sons' integration into an all white school to the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights. The documentary raises questions about democracy and patriotism in the face of adversity, and the vigilance and action required to ensure continued forward movement to end racial injustice.
About "Riding My Way Back" -
Riding My Way Back chronicles one soldier's journey back from the brink of suicide. Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returns from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred.
This showing of "The Barber of Birmingham" and the work in progress "Riding My Way Back" is co-presented by The Berkeley Film Foundation and is followed by a Q&A with director Robin Fryday, "The Barber of Birmingham" consulting producer Abby Ginzberg, and "Riding My Way Back" co-director/producer Peter Rosenbaum. Also included in the Q&A will be Ret. SSgt. Aaron Heliker, the subject of "Riding My Way Back," Mindy and Debbi Fisher, founders of Rainier Therapeutic Riding.
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