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Grizzly Road

Date:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Florence
Email:
Phone:
510-681-8699
Location Details:
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
http://www.HumanistHall.org

Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments and social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.

Grizzly Road
By Sabrina Alonso

Here is a melancholy documentary exploring the California Grizzly Bear's unfortunate fate with Manifest Destiny. By exploring the historical treatment of the bear, our own subsequent landscape of the future is revealed. This film is a visual essay using the landscape of California with archival photographs, and paintings and film footage from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's estimated that 10,000 grizzly bears once roamed the Golden State. But in just 30 short years, the California Grizzly was on the brink of extinction, and in 1908, the last wild grizzly was recorded to have been shot. The call of Manifest Destiny for westward expansion sealed the great Grizzly Bear's fate… and with it, an eternal mythologizing of its past. Historical figures like Grizzly Adams and William Randolph Hearst directly shaped our views of the grizzly bear, and so did the “inevitable” expansion of the United States. Monarch, a grizzly bear captured by Hearst, sat in captivity for 22 years. Shortly after Monarch’s demise as the last known living grizzly in California, Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe, was discovered in Oroville. The destiny of both intersected in Golden Gate Park, where their own extinction was witnessed and recorded… foreshadowing modern humanity’s future collision course with his manufactured landscape.

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are accepted


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