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Veterans Tribute

SFBFF Veterans & Father’s Day Salute is Free with Reservation.
Reservation is necessary to attend.

Sunday – War Memorial Building and Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel (609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102)

2PM – 5PM


Afro-Germany by Susanne Lenz-Gleissner, Jana Pareigis and Adama Ulrich – Documentary (42 min) “Where do you come from?” “I mean, where do you really come from?” Hamburg-born Afro-German journalist Jana Pareigis has been asked these questions throughout her life. Traveling across Germany, she meets a refugee who was a victim of right-wing violence, as well as stars such as the rapper Samy Deluxe, the football player Gerald Asamoah and the contemporary witness Theodor Wonja Michael. They depict life as a Black person in Germany – and what needs to change.
Rolling in the Deep (short, 12min) by Marcellus Cox – A Young African American Male travels home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner.
95 Never Looked So Good (9m, U S A) dir. by Tymm Holloway – This Documentary short, highlights Simeon Holloway accomplishments from early beginnings to the prominent historical record of his involvement in the elite first all Black US B-1 Navy Band. The first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy at any general rank with no recognition from the Navy. Simeon, utilizing his education, intellectual gifts, remarkable capacity f

Brown Babies: Deutschlands Verlorene Kinder” Directed by Michaela Kirst of Tangram Films: “In 1946, the first of the babies fathered by members of the occupying forces are born in war ravaged Germany. Around 5000 of these children have an Afro-American father and a German mother. Many of these ‘Brown Babies’ grow up in Germany. What nobody realises, however, is that many more babies were given up for adoption and subsequently went to live with new, coloured parents in the USA. Both the American and German governments saw this as a convenient solution to an awkward problem,since the very existence of the ‘Brown Babies’ represented a scandal on both sides of the Atlantic. The adopted ‘Brown Babies’ grow up thousands of miles away from their real mothers and the country of their birth. Many of them don’t discover for decades that they have a German mother. Others however, can remember all too clearly the derogatory looks they were subjected to in Germany. Even in the USA, these ‘Brown Babies’ weren’t really accepted anywhere – too dark for the whites and too light for the Afro-Americans…”


Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor(doc, 14min) by Jackie Wright – Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, The Wright siblings honor Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. (who died as an honor guard for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara early in the Vietnam War) and ‘the wife of his youth,’ Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death.Within a year, the ceremony in Arlington, ultimately led the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father, ‘The Shannon Wright Compound,’ an honor they had no knowledge of growing up in the shadows of Fort Benning, Ga. The trip to Vietnam found them on the land where the 114th Aviation Company had served and they connected with the family of Vietnamese photographer who had made the last wedding anniversary gifts of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. for his beloved ‘Ouida, the Love of My Life’ on their eleventh wedding anniversary.

“Veterans Don’t Serve Alone”-The Impact of Military Service on Families.

The screening and salute will be held at the Marine’s Memorial Hotel
In San Francisco on Sunday, Father’s Day June 18th.
San Francisco-Among the more than 50 films from around the world to be screened at the nineteenth San Francisco Black Film Festival at venues to include SPUR, the DeYoung Museum, the African American Arts and Culture Complex, the War Memorial Building and Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel, is its publicist Jackie Wright’s documentary “Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor” that shows the impact of the war on citizens as a result of governmental decisions.
Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor,” a documentary short of less than fifteen minutes spans fifty years and two continents as the Wright family in the United States touch the Quang Family of Vietnam as a result of two anniversary gifts commissioned by Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. to honor “Ouida, the Love of My Life.”
The story begins fifty years after Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara witnessed Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr.’s death on March 9, 1964.  His four children have him exhumed from a segregated cemetery in north Jacksonville, Florida.  Sp5 Wright was reburied fifty years almost to the day of the anniversary of his death with a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on March 10, 2014.   The Wright siblings, Jackie (63), Joe (61), (58) and Phyllis Cameron (53) also had their mother, Ouida F. McClendon Wright, exhumed from the historic “Green Acres Cemetery” in Columbus, Georgia, near Fort Benning, GA to be reburied with her husband during a ceremony with full military honors.
“The Wright story came across my desk May 2016 when we were preparing to unveil at Wilberforce University in Ohio, a miniature bronze statue of Colonel Charles Young, an African American military hero, who distinguished himself by being the third African American to graduate from West Point and leading the Buffalo Soldiers,” said Charles Blatcher, III, Chairman, Coalition of Black Veterans Organization.  “I salute the San Francisco Black Film Festival for selecting “Love Separated in Life…Love United in Honor
and other military themed films for its lineup because enough has not been said about the role of African Americans in the Vietnam War and the military in general.”
“It’s rare that we take a look at how war affects a soldier’s family,” said Eddie Ramirez, founder of One Voice/One Vet and the Veterans Film Festival in San Francisco.  “We are pleased to be collaborating with the San Francisco Black Film as Festival and look forward to screening some of the military films in the Veterans Film Festival to give them as much exposure as possible.”
The San Francisco Black Film Festival Veterans and Father’s Day Salute at the Marine’s Memorial Hotel which recently screened an episode of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s  “The Vietnam War,” on Sunday, June 18th will include: 95 Never Looked So Good (9m, U S A) directed by Tymm Holloway which highlights Simeon Holloway accomplishments from early beginnings to the prominent historical record of his involvement in the elite first all Black US B-1 Navy Band; and Rolling In the Deep (12:00) directed by Marcellus Cox , which is Inspired by true events about an African American World War II Veteran who travels back home to South Carolina locking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at a locally famous Whites Only diner.

As you may know we are having a Veterans and Father’s Day Tribute, beginning at 2:00 at the Marines Memorial Hotel, 609 Sutter Street in
San Francisco.

In Honor of Veterans & Fathers or both, please feel free to download these certificates designed by Christian Wilson, (;

Present to a veteran or father you know.  Make it special by framing it.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting

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