If you’ve ever wanted an insider’s perspective of Bayview/Hunters Point, take a look at this new documentary Point of Pride from the Bay Area Video Coalition. The film combines present day interviews with historical footage from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, offering a unique portrait of San Francisco neighborhoods that are often overlooked. Residents and community leaders discuss the issues that have plagued the historically underutilized areas since the 1940s. 

One of the most poignant subjects brought up in the film is the neighborhood uprising of 1966, sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed 16-year-old, Matthew “Peanut” Johnson. In the days following, Governor Pat Brown brought in the national guard and ordered an 8 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew in Bayview/Hunters Point as well as in the sympathetic Fillmore and Haight-Ashbury districts. 

The film also highlights the valuable aspects of growing up in such a tight-knit community. A number of streets in Bayview/Hunters Point are named after local heroes who brought positive change to the neighborhoods during some of the hardest times of the civil rights movement. Modern day activists offer hopeful plans of revitalization and show how the area is changing for the better. 

The Bayview Branch of the San Francisco Public Library has limited screenings at the following times:  

  • July 12th at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. 
  • July 16th at 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 
  • July 26th at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

 Also at the Western Addition Branch August 23rd at 1 p.m.

Photo by Daniel Ramirez

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