Hi, my name is Kim. I created TalkOakland - it's a docuseries on gentrification in Oakland.
People of color deserve the power to control their own narratives. I'm an Oakland native. And for me, the rapid gentrification of Oakland evokes an incessant sense of loss. For years, I could only cope by abusing drugs and alcohol. I was arrested. I was evicted from my apartment. But ultimately, I replaced my addiction to alcohol by recognizing my passion for filmmaking. And since then, I've obsessively studied the art. Now, I channel my emotions into TalkOakland - a docuseries on gentrification in Oakland.
Other platforms focus on elitist perspectives. But my goal is to capture content that feels raw, unrehearsed and compelling. In addition, I strive to contextualize the content with an analysis on how historical oppressive patterns reinvent themselves to create Oakland's current social climate today.