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‘Documentary, Research, Activism’. Screening of ‘Never Surrender’

March 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

About this Event

Decades of remediation work at the Hunters Point Shipyard, a former military base contaminated during the Second World War and beyond, were revealed to be fraudulent and data were falsified. This turned “the biggest redevelopment project in San Francisco” to “the biggest eco-fraud case in US history”.

This documentary film ‘Never Surrender’ is the result of more than two years of research and fieldwork in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighbourhood, San Francisco, USA. It narrates the community fight for environmental justice, and documents the conflict between people and government over the safety of the shipyard.

Documentary Film: Never Surrender. (55 mins) Writer, Director, Camera by M. Reza Shirazi: Edited by Serginho Roosblad. This film and research has received funding from HORIZON 2020, European Commission. For screenings please email shirazi@brookes.ac.uk.

Discussion with panellist around documentaries, research and activism followed by Q & A.


Juliet Carpenter, Oxford Brookes University (Panel Chair): Juliet is a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, working at the interface of debates within urban planning, geography, and urban sociology. Her principal research interests include urban regeneration, community engagement, and broad notions of urban social sustainability.

Michelle Pierce, Executive Director of Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates: Michelle has two decades of experience working in sustainability and social justice in San Francisco. She has worked with local and state agencies to design sustainability/responsibility programs for water quality improvement, energy efficiency improvement, and toxic use and/or waste reduction.

Michele Lancione, Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield: Michele is a Professor of Urban Studies at the Urban Institute in Sheffield. He is co-founder and editor of the Radical Housing Journal and corresponding editor at IJURR. His current work focuses on housing struggles worldwide (through a five-year ERC project).

Serginho Roosblad, Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist, Editor of ‘Never Surrender’: Serginho is an Emmy® Award nominated documentary filmmaker and journalist based in San Francisco, California. His work has been published by the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and many others. He holds a master’s degree in documentary film from UC Berkeley.

M. Reza Shirazi, Oxford Brookes University. Director of ‘Never Surrender’: M. Reza is an urbanist, researcher, and Reader in Sustainable Urban Development at the School of Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, and works globally on different urban issues such as urban justice, community activism, and urban development.

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Event Notice: This event will be recorded on Zoom and published on our social media and YouTube channel after the event. If you attend you have the option of turning off your camera.

Event organiser: This event has been organised by M. Reza Shirazi, the Oxford Human Rights Festival; Planning Committee; Centre of Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University.

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 'Documentary, Research, Activism'. Screening of 'Never Surrender' image
 'Documentary, Research, Activism'. Screening of 'Never Surrender' image
 'Documentary, Research, Activism'. Screening of 'Never Surrender' image




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