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The film may be purchased by professors, teachers, librarians and conferences for educational streaming via Kanopy
Read the conversation between Kanopy’s founder Olivia Humphrey and filmmaker Karina Epperlein



DVD Finding the Gold WithinThe film may be purchased for college, school, library, business and other institutional or organizational use from The Video Project

The DVD includes 75 minutes of special features for assisting in discussion about race, plus a more in-depth look at the Alchemy mentoring process, as well as the lives of several of the film’s protagonists.

For a 10% discount, mention promo code GOLD10 when ordering!



“Highly Recommended. Finding the Gold Within is an extraordinary film, worthy of the widest possible audience as our country continues to grapple with racial injustice, particularly the persistent stereotyping and criminalizing of young Black men. Director Karina Epperlein deftly crafts a searching portrait of each young man, with his victories, struggles and dreams.”  Educational Media Reviews Online

“Throughout, this moving and potent film provides insight into growing up as a young black man in the United States, told by voices that are honest, affecting, and inspiring. At once brutally honest … and yet alive with hope, this film gives a voice to each young man’s struggles and triumphs and demonstrates how he finds the power to beat his own drum.” –School Library Journal

“With a lens that is both arrestingly artistic and at base sympathetic – this film is a portrait of young black males navigating through an unsympathetic world.  It never succumbs to clichés that romanticize or dramatize, but provides a rare platform for the quiet voices of those in the experience.” Troy Duster, Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

“This is a must see for anyone currently working with young men of color. Not only does it show our young men how to find their power from within but it also shows them how to heal! We are taught how to inflict pain, we are taught how to absorb pain but we are never taught how to heal from the pain.” –Jorge Melgoza, Vice Principal, Berkeley High School, CA

“Insightful and moving. Finally, a film that reveals the often difficult inner lives and striving of black male teenagers. In stark contrast to the stereotype, these young Black men find within themselves a sense of authentic self-worth and learn to avoid self-destructive behaviors.”
–Avon Kirkland, Producer/Director, Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (AMERICAN MASTERS), Simple Justice (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE)

“Finding the Gold Within is an important film for anyone interested in how to engage any youth, but especially African American boys, in experiences that can transform their lives. The learning strategies used by Alchemy, Inc. are cutting-edge, as confirmed by the new science of learning, brain research, the importance of social emotional skills, and growth mindsets.” –Sam Piha, MSW, Founder and Co-Director, Temescal Associates and the Learning in Afterschool & Summer (LIAS) Project

“Finding the Gold Within maps out a hopeful path. In her beautiful film, Karina Epperlein shows adult men guiding young men, through love and stories, toward an expansive future of personal growth….” –Michael A. Messner, Prof. of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California