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Dear Iola, Love South LA: 8 short films + one fabulous festival
Now that I am well and strong,
I would like to do something of lasting service
for the race. – Iola Leroy
Just in time for Black history month, Dear Iola, Love South LA is a film festival produced by South LA teens, based on their journey with Iola Leroy by Frances E. W. Harper, one of the most important African American woman activists of her period. Part of a LitLabs, a literature-based public humanities project in South LA, Dear Iola brings audiences powerful and poignant 21st translations of Harper’s 19th century anti-racist book. Sharing stories about precious South LA hubs under a pandemic, remembering an iconic skating rink, World on Wheels, as it faces permanent closure, speaking out against displacement and gentrification, exploring why #BLM is their fight-these are just some of the subjects students have taken on in eight short documentaries produced in the middle of lock-down.