Camera as Witness program presents HUMAN DIGNITY series
co-presented with the Trancos Equity & Social Justice Initiative, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Stanford School of Engineering and Stanford Film Society
EDUCATION, ETHICS AND SILICON VALLEY
(22 minutes) US
Director/Producer: Kelly Amis
This film examines the evolution of Oakland through the eyes of social entrepreneurs who are determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley spreads across the Bay and into the home of the second largest black community in California. Kalimah Priforce, whose first success as a social justice rebel was a hunger strike at the age of eight to get books for his group home, and Kimberly Bryant, a successful electrical engineer turned founder of Black Girls Code, are organizing large-scale hackathons to prepare youth to redesign the future through the power of digital coding. Joined on the national stage by #YesWeCode founder Van Jones, their work represents the cusp of a movement to change both the face and use of technology in America. Is Silicon Valley ready to be hacked?
SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY - SECRET SAUCE
(48 min) US
Director: Michael Schwarz
Producers: Michael Schwarz, Edward Gray
Silicon Valley has often been imitated but never duplicated. Though pieces of its history have been told, they have focused primarily on the Valley’s role in the development of silicon chips and computers. Yet there is a much bigger and largely untold story: for every decade or so since the early 1900s, Silicon Valley has spawned or nurtured not just new products but whole new industries: Vacuum tubes. Radio. Radar. Integrated circuits. Venture Capital. PCs. Printers. Genetic Engineering. Software. Networking hardware. The Internet. Social media. Cloud computing. Mobile.
Following the screening there will be a discussion with the subjects of the films - Kalimah Priforce (CODE OAKLAND) and Martin Koughan (SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY - SECRET SAUCE), the director of SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY - SECRET SAUCE Michael Schwarz, President of Blacks in Computer Science, Mekhi Jones, Stanford Trancos Graduate Fellow, Matthew Clarke, moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Program - Stanford Arts Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.
Free and open to the general public