Thu September 30 - Sat October 2, 2021

Echo Location: The Cultural Geopolitics in South of Market

YBCA artists-in-residence SF Urban Film Fest explore the complicated history and celebrate the future of the South of Market in their newest exhibition and programming series Echo Location: The Cultural Geopolitics in South of Market. This exhibition centers the experience of two historically marginalized groups essential to the heritage of SoMa: Filipinx and LGBTQIA+ communities. Featuring visual arts, film, and theatre, Echo Location reflects on the power these communities hold, overlapping both culturally and geographically over time.

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FIlms presented on loop during YBCA's open hours

BLOOD (USA, 2019, 3:27 min)
SAMMAY

A young Filipinx woman descended from balyana unearths her destiny to reclaim her ancestral inheritance from Maharlika.

Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak (Because of a Flower) (USA, 2021, 5:18 min)
Kim Requesto

A love story that aims to deconstruct our traditional values and make space for LGBTQ+ representation in Philippine dance.

She, Who Can See (USA, 2017, 23:21 min)
Wilfred Galila & Alleluia Panis

A Filipino American couple's middle-class life is upended by a shamanic world of visions, dreams, and ancestral spirits.

My Beautiful Resistance (USA, 2013, 8:01 min),
Penny Baldado

From the roots of struggle, My Beautiful Resistance grows vibrantly for an undocumented, queer, person of color.

To Transgress: A Meditation (USA, 2006, 2:34 min)
Maya Santos

This lyrical and beautiful experimental documentary explores the moment a Filipina leaves everything she knows.

We Live Here (USA, 2020, 2:34 min)
Nix Guirre

The Pilipinx community gathers to celebrate the unveiling of new monuments that showcase Filipino words and indigenous art around the SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Heritage Cultural District.

The View from Langton Street (USA, 2021, 23:21)
Janet Delaney & Laura Graham

Two art students move into an apartment in a working-class district of San Francisco and realize their neighbors' housing is at risk due to gentrification. The students delve into their neighbors' stories to learn how this street serves them, just as a new convention center is about to open its doors a few blocks away.

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The SoMa, like the Bay Area and California, has been the epicenter of contested territory since the Spanish first arrived in Yerba Buena. The neighborhood has been remade time after time, through successive waves of induced migration, urban renewal, and displacement. Investments in technology, arts, and culture have frequently positioned SoMa on the leading edge of the city, the region, and the country. Perched at the confluence of east and west, at the edge of both a continent and an ocean, the DNA of the SoMa interlaces narratives of manifest destiny, imperialism, resilience, refuge, and rebirth.

Echo Location is organized by the SF Urban Film Fest, in partnership with Filipino International Cine Festival (FACINE) and Bindlestiff Studio. Co-presenters include Kultivate Labs, Kapwa Gardens, and SoMa Pilipinas.
YBCA artists-in-residence SF Urban Film Fest explore the complicated history and celebrate the future of the South of Market in their newest exhibition and programming series Echo Location: The Cultural Geopolitics in South of Market. This exhibition centers the experience of two historically marginalized groups essential to the heritage of SoMa: Filipinx and LGBTQIA+ communities. Featuring visual arts, film, and theatre, Echo Location reflects on the power these communities hold, overlapping both culturally and geographically over time.

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FIlms presented on loop during YBCA's open hours

BLOOD (USA, 2019, 3:27 min)
SAMMAY

A young Filipinx woman descended from balyana unearths her destiny to reclaim her ancestral inheritance from Maharlika.

Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak (Because of a Flower) (USA, 2021, 5:18 min)
Kim Requesto

A love story that aims to deconstruct our traditional values and make space for LGBTQ+ representation in Philippine dance.

She, Who Can See (USA, 2017, 23:21 min)
Wilfred Galila & Alleluia Panis

A Filipino American couple's middle-class life is upended by a shamanic world of visions, dreams, and ancestral spirits.

My Beautiful Resistance (USA, 2013, 8:01 min),
Penny Baldado

From the roots of struggle, My Beautiful Resistance grows vibrantly for an undocumented, queer, person of color.

To Transgress: A Meditation (USA, 2006, 2:34 min)
Maya Santos

This lyrical and beautiful experimental documentary explores the moment a Filipina leaves everything she knows.

We Live Here (USA, 2020, 2:34 min)
Nix Guirre

The Pilipinx community gathers to celebrate the unveiling of new monuments that showcase Filipino words and indigenous art around the SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Heritage Cultural District.

The View from Langton Street (USA, 2021, 23:21)
Janet Delaney & Laura Graham

Two art students move into an apartment in a working-class district of San Francisco and realize their neighbors' housing is at risk due to gentrification. The students delve into their neighbors' stories to learn how this street serves them, just as a new convention center is about to open its doors a few blocks away.

~~~~~~~~~

The SoMa, like the Bay Area and California, has been the epicenter of contested territory since the Spanish first arrived in Yerba Buena. The neighborhood has been remade time after time, through successive waves of induced migration, urban renewal, and displacement. Investments in technology, arts, and culture have frequently positioned SoMa on the leading edge of the city, the region, and the country. Perched at the confluence of east and west, at the edge of both a continent and an ocean, the DNA of the SoMa interlaces narratives of manifest destiny, imperialism, resilience, refuge, and rebirth.

Echo Location is organized by the SF Urban Film Fest, in partnership with Filipino International Cine Festival (FACINE) and Bindlestiff Studio. Co-presenters include Kultivate Labs, Kapwa Gardens, and SoMa Pilipinas.
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