Film & Discussion: Cracking the Codes

When & Where
6925 Chabot Road
Oakland, CA 94618
August 24, 2013 - 2:15pm - 4:15pm

Cracking the Codes is a film by Shakti Butler. It was recently screened at Grand Lake Theater and featured on KPFA as well as a national tour.

From the director of “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America” and “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” this new film and learning program asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. With moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Harley Eagle, Ericka Huggins, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tillman Smith and Tim Wise.

This film is designed to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities in this country. The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful.  We continue to primarily focus on individuals, when institutional and structural inequities are the bigger problem.

The film contains three sections that correspond to World Trust’s framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity:

  • Section 1: Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture
  • Section 2: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism
  • Section 3: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural

Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.