Experiencing Interruptions?

Against Hate

The film documents the journey of Council member Jovanka Beckles of Richmond California who battles Chevron, a multi billion dollar oil company in an election laced with dirty oil, dirty politics, and dirty money The film explores the lack of inclusion of members of our society by the law, by religion, and by corporations.

Queer studies scholar David Halperin has argued: “Homophobic discourses are not reducible to a set of statements with a specifiable truth content, that can be rationally tested. Rather, homophobic discourses function as part of more general and systemic strategies of de-legitimation.” B.K. Williams’s film makes this claim but through an intersectional lens, demonstrating how race, gender, sexuality, state, and capitalism converge to produce these localized enactments of discipline and regulation on this black lesbian representative’s body. The film not only reveals the limits of the law for multiply marginalized subjects, but also raises questions about the limits of political representation. While we’ve seen great strides in LGBTQ representation in state, local, and national governments, certain political identities register as a threatening to state-sanction norms—in this case black lesbian identity as a progressive mode of political expression—and are therefore unable to be fully included as representative of our of so-called multicultural democracy. The film not only reveals the contradictions of state inclusion, but also how systems of oppression still pervade so-called “post-racial” and now “post-LGBTQ” state forms. The film asks what LGBTQ politics has to say about issues such as urban poverty and environmental justice. And it envisions a politics of coalition. I hope this film has been as generative to your thinking as it has been to mine.

Darius Bost, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sexuality Studies
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Education on Gender & Sexuality
San Francisco State University

  • Brenda Williams
    What if?, Her Path Home, Practice Makes
  • Brenda Williams
  • Karen Sanders
  • Karen Sanders
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Standard ded digital
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Official Selection of Free Speech Film Frstival, American Insight 2015
    November 17, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference at SF State
    San Francisco State University
    September 18, 2015
    US Constitution Day Event
  • World Human Rights, Jakarta
  • Earth Day Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    April 22, 2016
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Brenda Williams

BK Williams is a producer, director, writer, cinematographer and social justice activist. Williams' accomplishments in film include the internationally travelled short film "What if?", the feature film "Her Path Home", and the documentary "Practice Makes...". A script for a feature on the topic of human trafficking is underway. Williams is currently on the Arts and Culture Commission for the city of Richmond California. She is also the Board Chair for QWOCMAP, an internationally present film organization that nurtures queer women of color filmmakers as artist-activist leaders to create systemic change and lead social justice movements.

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Director Statement

It is a pleasure to have made this (still a work in progress) documentary and discuss how marginalized people operate under major historical and contemporary iconic values captured in the Constitution of the US, the bible, and within contemporary structures that have significant reach.

The challenges faced capturing this story from archives as well as in person accounts represent a new story worth its own movie!

I look forward to sharing this local story with global reach with your audiences soon and am honored to have this work selected by the Free Speech Film Festival as an Official Selection.