A House Divided


A House Divided unfolds the rise and demise of Black Power in Oakland, CA, as seen in the political ascendancy of John B. Williams, a black urban planner who rose to power in the 1960s redevelopment era. This feature-length documentary investigates the role the War on Poverty played in the empowerment and destruction of a strong African-American political class.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Shirah Dedman (director/producer) is a filmmaker, lawyer and impACTivist. From a high school dropout at 15-years-old to a licensed attorney by 23, she inexplicably found herself consistently un- and under-employed. So after her last layoff, she decided to relentlessly pursue her true passion: socially impactful storytelling. It's her own nomadic life that inspired the creation of her short documentary, You A Nomad. She also spends her time documenting and sharing her journey of autonomous filmmaking to empower other diverse filmmakers to independently distribute and market their films. Shirah was recently featured in the Equal Justice Initiative/Google short film, Uprooted, documenting her family's return to the site of her great-grandfather's lynching.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2018
  • Running time: 59
  • Director(s): Shirah Dedman
  • Producer(s): Shirah Dedman
  • Editor(s): Shirah Dedman, Dathan Dedman
  • Music: Dathan Dedman

FSP 1576