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Click here to watch a brief interview with filmmaker Karina Epperlein & protagonist Imani Scruggs

 

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Read the audience endorsements in Sam Piha’s blog, Learning in Afterschool: Having a Conversation About Race in Expanded Learning Programs

Finding the Gold Within gives this in abundance: a way to know the lives/stories of real people reaching across racial barriers.”
–John Fox, author of the book “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making”, and Founder of The Institute for Poetic Medicine, Poetic Medicine Journal

“I use cinematic language to make visible the light within.” –Director Karina Epperlein in conversation with Mitch Allen, Mimi Vanderhaven

“Finding the Gold Within is one of the truly timely things happening in our country. Karina, with poetic grace, considerable grit and meticulous attention, gathers in a feature-length film the rich lives of six young Black men. What I love about this work is the way Karina steps deeply into these stories and the lives of these young men. Yet, as close as Karina gets (and this is the magic!) she simultaneously gets out of the way. I had the good fortune to spend a weekend with her when she was filming some of the sacred circle work with Alchemy, Inc. in Akron, OH. Holding the camera, I saw she was at once light on her feet and unflinchingly steady.” –John Fox, author of the book “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making”, and Founder of The Institute for Poetic Medicine Kirkridge Retreat Center Newsletter

“I really thought this might be a film where I could make deep connections and show the young men in a very different light than we normally see them in the media.” –Director Karina Epperlein in SF Chronicle’s Datebook