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The Commonwealth Club


The San Francisco Black Film Festival celebrating twenty years and known for its thought-provoking films from around the world, plus thought-provoking panels is pleased to partner with one of the leading organizations in the nation that convenes thought-leaders from around the world, The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. .

The Commonwealth Club holding true to it’s founder’s mission and vision: “We only propose to find truth and turn it loose in the world,” Edward F. Adams, 1903.

Two fabulous films “Bound” and “Miles Ahead” cap the evening, one representing an independent filmmaker and one a Hollywood production. “Bound” deals with the little discussed tension between Africans and African Americans and “Miles Ahead” is a look at legendary musician Miles Davis, a perfect film as The San Francisco Black Film Festival is annually held during June “Black History Month.”

The event special to the San Francisco Black Film Festival thanks to Sony Pictures Classics New York and friends Robin Bates and Constance Bryan of Maison Noire Américaine will kick off with a glass of cheer thanks to new Black owned-winery Wachira Wines, founded by CEO Dr. Chris Wachira. Find out more about Wachira at

5:00 Door Opens with Wine & Bites

5:30 Screening of “Bound”

7:00 Bound Director Talk Back

7:30 Screening of “Miles Ahead” by Con Cheadle (special thanks Sony Pictures Classics, New York)

“BOUND” by Directed by Peres Owino

& Executive Producer Isaiah Washington

A hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little-known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. AVAA uses personal testimonials to expose this rift, then it takes us on a journey through the corridors of African and African American historical experiences as it illuminates the moments that divide and those that bind Africans and African American. (


Miles Ahead is a 2015 American music film directed by Don Cheadle in his feature directorial debut, which Cheadle co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson, which interprets the life and compositions of jazz musician Miles Davis. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Ewan McGregor, and closed the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2015. The film takes its title from Davis’s 1957 album. Cheadle took a free-form approach to the film’s narrative. Skipping around in time, it depicts Davis’ attempts to get his career back on track. The film’s score covers, in non-linear fashion, Davis’ actual recordings throughout his career.

With interest the San Francisco Black Film Festival notes that following “Bound” that deals with the interracial relations between African Americans and Africans, the Commonwealth Club on Monday June 18th  will be hosting Michael Eric Dyson: America’s Unfinished Race Conversation.


Get details: HERE



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