This film really got me thinking…
You’ve heard it said, “There’s no place like home,” “Home is where the heart is,” or as Luther’s unforgettable version says “A house is not a home.” I just watched the trailer for the forthcoming movie, The Last Black Man in San Francisco…And it got me to thinking about home and what it means to have a place that you call home.
Home is where our childhood memories live. I can remember our first family home. Can you? The holiday celebrations, getting my first two wheel bike. In the summertime, riding all over East Oakland with our friends. In the fall, walking home from E. Morris Cox Elementary, (twelve long blocks) where we used pick apricots from the neighbor’s trees and ring door bells and run– until one lady threaten to tell our parents!! Oh the joys of childhood.
To me, home is a place of security. A place that is yours. A place where you’re always welcome. A place that warms your heart because love is there.❤
But now with so many unsheltered children growing up in cars, living under the freeways and moving from shelter to shelter. What will their memories of home become? Then I think of the children of our borders it breaks my heart. Their parents leaving Latin America for a better life, a safe place to call home— only to be separated, detained or often mistreated. What kind of long lasting trauma does that create? ‘Ya know?
About: The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film directed and co-produced by Joe Talbot (Making his directorial debut),based on a story by Jimmie Fails and Talbot (which is partly based on Fails’ own life). Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan and Mike Epps, The story centers on the efforts Jimmie, to reclaim his childhood home, a Victorian house in San Francisco’s Mission District which was once built by his grandfather and, following gentrification, is now valued at $4 million. Talk about ripped from the headlines huh? It also beautifully illustrates the lifelong friendship between the characters played by Fails and Talbot. What would we do without friends?
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” premiered at Sundance this year and it was Winner of the Sundance Best Director and Special Jury Awards! Released in theaters June 14, 2019