Chilean born immigrant artist emerging into Oakland street art and mural scene, Pancho grapples with the challenge of his largest scale piece while trying to survive as an artist as the cost of living in Oakland skyrockets.
A Chicago-born aerosol writer based in Oakland, Desi struggles to balance the logistical, artistic and political aspects of creating a massive mural in gentrifying downtown Oakland.
Master drummer and drum maker, Mosheh Milon struggles to maintain his craft as the rents in Oakland soar.
Widely recognized as the Godmother of Oakland Afro-Diasporic dance, Ruth Beckford witnesses her depiction as the centerpiece of the Universal Language mural, only to have her image threatened to be obscured by the development of a large market rate condominium.
A co-founder of the brand-new Black Arts Movement and Business District, Ayodele Nzinga joins forces with members of the Chinatown Coalition to form the Coalition for Equitable Development in demanding community benefits from developers.
As the Communications Director for the Community Rejuvenation Project, Eric Arnold is present throughout the design and implementation of the “Universal Language” mural, ultimately placing him at the negotiating table with corporate developers as a founding member of the Coalition for Equitable Development.
The daughter of Oakland’s first Asian American female mayor, Lailan Huen, has fought to earn her own stripes as an organizer and activist. A core member of Oakland’s Chinatown Coalition, she helps lead the fight to protect the “Universal Language” mural and demand affordable housing.
A founder of the Samba Funk Afro-Brasilian dance group based out of the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Theo Williams fights to protect his community’s cultural legacy.
After surviving cancer, Zhao Jiam De is nominated by the community at Hotel Oakland low-income Chinese Senior Center to be a leader of its 15 resident co-managed health education groups to fight isolation and promote good health.
The dance instructor at the Hotel Oakland senior community, Lisi Yu gives Chinese elders new opportunities to express their creativity.
Joseph Chen teaches music of the world to the senior population at the Hotel Oakland. Joseph also contributed original music to the film.
As a principal for Bay Development, Maria Poncel is placed in a difficult position when the community discovers that the condominium that she is proposing will obscure a recently painted mural that has come to represent the neighborhood’s cultural heritage.
The owner of several properties throughout the Bay Area, Mark Borsuk intends to develop the four story parking garage where Desi Mundo and Pancho Pescador want to place their mural into a 37 story energy-efficient condominium.
As the leader of Dance-A-Vision, a long-term resident program in the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Carla Service becomes a central figure in organizing to fight for equitable development in the neighborhood.
The son of legendary Congolese performer, Malonga Casquelourd, Kiazi Malonga struggles to carry on his family’s legacy in a gentrifying city.