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Unique in its depth of access, this profile provides a rich window into Gwen's evolution as she navigates the aging process and struggles to come to terms with her life - past and present - while sharing deeply personal struggles for the first time.



Gwen Jackson is an institution in her East Oakland neighborhood, where she founded a grassroots community center and helped to reclaim a blighted park on her block.  Born in Atlanta in 1937, Gwen dropped out of elementary school and later left home at the age of 12, ultimately



Oakland International
Film Festival

making her way to Oakland after some eventful early years in the Jim Crow South.


Shot over ten years, this intimate feature-length profile examines what it means to grow old and illuminates the complex, lifelong effects of childhood abuse.




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