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October 2023 Peralta TV Highlights

Peralta TV can be seen on 
Channel 27: Alameda, Berkeley 
Channel 28: Emeryville, Piedmont, Oakland 
AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 

The Presidents Desk Landscape

Starting October 1, 2023 (Sunday) 
Every Sunday @1pm 

Repeats on:   
Tuesdays @ 7pm   *Except during the LIVE broadcast of PCCD board meetings
Fridays @ 4:30pm
Saturdays @ 5am

THE PRESIDENT’S DESK hosted by, Laney College President Dr. Rudy Besikof and co-hosted by KGPC director, Dr. Felicia Bridges. Each show connects with students, faculty, and staff members, as well as the Oakland community, to discuss current events, while offering a safe space for individuals to speak freely.


Merritt College Home of Black Panthers


10/02 (Mon) @ 8pm   

10/08 (Sun) @ 4pm  

10/13 (Fri) @ 10pm  

10/17 (Tue) @ 6pm  

10/18 (Wed) @ 12pm  

10/21 (Sat) @ 10am  

10/27 (Fri) @ 2:30pm  


You can also watch the full documentary anytime on Peralta Colleges’ YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/54wYflGYMrw


A Peralta TV Production 

In honor of the anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, Peralta TV is broadcasting its award-winning documentary “MERRITT COLLEGE: HOME OF THE BLACK PANTHERS,” narrated by U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, it is a powerful film that chronicles the birth of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College during the politically, socially and economically turbulent 1960s.  

It is a compelling story about social justice and political activism told through rare interviews with party members, featuring original artwork from Panther publications as well as rarely seen photos and archival videos. 

Watch this comprehensive and informative historical documentary on one of the most controversial and effective social movements in the United States in the past 50 years. October 1966 began a movement that 57 years later is still one of the staples in the history of social change in this country. 


El Cacao poster 1


10/03 (Tue) @ 6:30pm   

10/09 (Mon) @ 8:30pm  



A film by Michelle Aguilar 

In the lush rainforest of Bocas del Toro, Panama, an indigenous cacao farmer, his wife, and grandchildren confront environmental and economic complexities as they grow, harvest, and sell cacao beans for a global chocolate market. Does Fair Trade Certification really work? Documenting the exceptional wisdom, unconditional devotion and proven ancient farming techniques of one hard-working Ngäbe farmer, Samuel Murillo, El Cacao complicates the question by examining the fairness of his trade.


To My Motherland Still 1


10/14 (Sat) @ 8:30pm  

10/26 (Thur) @ 2pm  


A film by Kristal Sotomayor 

TO MY MOTHERLAND is an experimental personal essay film that blends personal photographs and home videos to explore the complexities of immigration, language, and returning to the motherland. 

This film is based on director’s experiences visiting family in Peru for the first time in over 13 years and touches on feelings of dislocation as the daughter of Peruvian immigrants raised in the US.



Advance Parole Poster 1


10/15 (Sun) @ 8pm  

10/19 (Thur) @ 2pm  


A film by Lidieth Arevalo 

In the midst of the chaotic political debate regarding the termination of DACA and the uncertain legal state of Dreamers, lies the suspension of a little-known immigration provision called Advance Parole, which has caused an unacknowledged humanitarian crisis for many Dreamers and their families ever since. In the past, DACA recipients were allowed to take short trips for humanitarian, educational or employment purposes, but this is no longer the case and the consequences have been devastating.  

The film ADVANCE PAROLE follows Mayra Garibo's efforts and leadership to challenge the system and pave the way not only for her to reunite with her family in Mexico, but also to prevent Dreamers from suffering a humanitarian and emotional crisis as she endured when her father passed away early this year. 

Film Credits:
Written, Directed, Produced, and Edited by Lidieth Arevalo
Executive Producers: Armando Vazquez-Ramos and Lidieth Arevalo
This film was made by Lidieth Arevalo, in collaboration with Alyson Studios and The California-Mexico Studies Center for Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
For more information, please visit:
The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) - www.california-mexicocenter.org


Ale y Yose-cover 1


10/17 (Tue) @ 8pm  

10/20 (Fri) @ 2:30pm  


A film by Erin Semine Kökdil 

Alejandra Matias and Yoselina Bazan are two friends and DREAMers from Oakland, California. Given cameras to self-document their personal experiences, the two share their various hopes and fears over a period of six months, reimagining what it means to be a teenage girl in the United States. Among the everyday issues of balancing a school, home, and work life, they also grapple with the uncertainties surrounding their citizenship in the midst of legal challenges thrown at DACA recipients during the Trump presidency. 

Despite the fears over their legal status, they continue to be activists in their community as seen by their participation at a rally protesting the presence of ICE in their city. When asked about the future, they hopefully imagine one in which people get organized and continue to fight.


Border Crossing 101 1


10/18 (Wed) @ 2:30pm  

10/27 (Fri) @ 8:30pm  


Produced and Directed by Charles D. Thompson, Jr.   

Fifteen students in a Duke University class, entitled “The U.S./Mexico Border,” explore the meaning of borders, immigration, and access to education in America. Four of them are non-students and non-citizens. They act, for a semester, as if barriers to their education no longer exist. 

BORDER CROSSING 101 follows the lives of the four “guest” students, along with the eleven who go through the semester with them. Through the semester, class members explore their diverse pasts, gaining insights into citizenship, entitlement, and identity in America. In the end, the students have broken down personal barriers and stereotypes, but one major barrier remains.


1955 Cover - Need to put Courtesy of Rory Fielding Films

Courtesy of Rory Fielding Films



10/21 (Sat) @ 8:30pm 

10/30 (Mon) @ 3pm 


Produced and Directed by Rory Fielding 

1955, SEVEN DAYS OF FALL is about the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger/New York Yankee World Series based upon the poem entitled "1955", by James T. Crawford and produced and directed by Rory Fielding.  

In unprecedented style, the program uniquely blends the traditional documentary elements of archival film footage, still images, narration, period music, and player and fan interviews with a recital of the poem to recount this timeless story six decades later.

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