Retro Documentaries 2022!

October 21, 22, and 23, 2022

The DEI Council at Clatsop Community College (CCC) will host a showing of the documentary Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts on June 9, 2022. CCC is located at 1651 Lexington Ave., in Astoria. The 58 minute film will be shown in Columbia Hall, Room 219 at 5:30p.m. followed by a community conversation hosted by Ron Craig, filmmaker, author and Executive Director of the Astoria International Film Festival. The film and talk are free to attend and open to the general public. The event will follow all current state required Covid safe protocols and will be mask friendly.

Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts (2022) is a documentary presented by Black Bald Films and directed by Dru Holley. The film explores the often-contradictory role played by Black soldiers throughout American history, with particular emphasis on the settling of the American West and colonialism abroad. Director Dru Holley is passionate about producing inspiring stories that empower viewers to rethink broken systems. Dru is motivated to highlight the stories of marginalized groups whose experiences can help shape future conversation for solutions and illuminate the truth of the past. He recently collaborated on the development of four short-form episodes on the past, present and future of the Albina Vision Project in Oregon and is now in pre-pre-production on the documentary, Exonerated. Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts is Holley’s feature directorial debut.

Ron Craig’s 1999 documentary Who Was York? A New Look at the Lewis and Clark Expedition about enslaved African American explorer York, had Craig attending the 2001 White House Ceremony in which York received the honorary rank of sergeant. Craig has received multiple awards for his work around the history of York including the: African American Preservation Alliance Award in 2005, The Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Documentary, the Clarion Award in 2006, and a Regional Emmy for nomination for his documentary Searching for York (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEI) at Clatsop Community College leads and advises efforts to cultivate a culture that examines and disrupts the negative impacts of power, privilege, oppression and deliberately promotes diversity, equity and inclusion at Clatsop Community College.