Pepperdine University Libraries now provide online access to the feature-length documentary Finding the Gold Within, via Kanopy Streaming.
Finding the Gold Within follows six Black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident; a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, racial jokes and provocations never seem to end. Each of them is determined to disprove society’s stereotypes and low expectations.
In the intimate circle of Alchemy they honestly speak of their disappointments, despairs, trials and triumphs. Since 2003, Alchemy, Inc. has been mentoring urban youth from elementary through high school in the Cleveland area. Exploring ancient stories, as well as drumming and writing, this innovative program gives young males a chance to grow into self-knowledge, discipline and confidence.
Filmmaker Karina Epperlein stated, “Finding the Gold Within probes what it means to be young, black, male and ‘other.’ The project comes with a rare kind of intimate access—an unusual opportunity. It initiated in me the filmmaker a clear, strong vision: young black men who have been prepared and are ready to navigate the world in self-affirming and stereotype-defying ways. It seems the right time to look deeper, to give voice to those marginalized; we all know the abysmal statistics. So let’s start listening to their stories.”
To learn more about Finding the Gold Within, visit http://goldthefilm.com/.