In Homeroom, Oakland High School’s class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year. Anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way to uncertainty springing from a rapidly developing pandemic. Efforts to eliminate the school district’s police force unfold against the backdrop of growing nationwide demands for systemic change.
This digital screening includes a moderated filmmaker conversation that will be on demand with the film. The Q&A features director and producer Peter Nicks as well as film subjects Denilson Garibo and Jessica Ramos, moderated by journalist Jarrett Hill.
Closed Captioning is available for both the film and filmmaker conversation. ASL is available for the Q&A only.
Peter Nicks, Director/Producer
An award-winning cinematographer/director known for immersive camera work and cinema vérité style. He helmed the documentaries The Waiting Room and The Force, winning the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award. Homeroom completes a trilogy of documentaries exploring health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, California. Nicks received his BA in English from Howard University and his master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Denilson Garibo, Subject
Denilson Garibo is a Sophomore at California State University Long Beach majoring in political science and minoring in communications. He was raised in East Oakland, CA where he has been a community organizer for several years. He is committed to breaking intergenerational cycles of trauma and violence in Oakland through his education and his community work.
Jessica Ramos, Subject
Jessica is a first-generation College student who attends UC Berkeley and is currently majoring in Psychology. She was born and grew up in Oakland and graduated from Skyline High School in 2021, her goal is to serve Oakland's future generations.