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Mon Mar 17 2014 (Updated 04/24/14)
The Ghosts Of March 21
Mon Mar 17 2014 (Updated 04/24/14)
Documentary About Lovelle Mixon Challenges Mainstream Narrative
Sam Stoker, the director of "The Ghosts Of March 21," writes: This interrogation of a day in the life of Oakland, California, is focused on March 21, 2009, when a shoot-out between a young man named Lovelle Mixon and members of the Oakland Police Department resulted in the death of Mixon himself and four Oakland police officers. Closely following the day’s events, this documentary examination of the encounter’s underlying contradictions challenges the mainstream narrative of the confrontation and in so doing, it sheds new light on the nature and reproduction of racism in the contemporary United States.

To date, the dominant narrative of the shoot-out, propagated by the Oakland Police Department, state officials and the media, has been that Lovelle Mixon was a monster and a rapist and the slain officers were angels and heroes. This perspective, viewed through a liberal lens and reliant on misleading labels, pretends the shoot-out occurred in a vacuum devoid of history and sociopolitical factors; producing an illusion that has re-enforced the status quo, suppressed critical thought, and ultimately, attempts to delegitimize the Black experience in America by rejecting the validity of the systemic factors at its root.

The film opened in Oakland and Berkeley on March 20 and 21, San Francisco on March 22, and Santa Rosa on March 23.

audiophoto"The Ghosts of March 21" discussions at La Pena and Qilombo, March 2014: photos & audio | photoScreenings Announcement | video"The Ghosts Of March 21" Trailer | Interview with Filmmaker Sam Stoker

Previous Related Indybay Feature: Five Die After Reported Gunfire Between Lovelle Mixon and Oakland Police (3/21/09)