Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and economic development, minority families increasingly settle in outer Portland and Gresham. HOLLA chronicles the organization of the same name, founded by Pastor Eric Knox to mentor kids of color in predominantly white and white-taught schools.
The film explores the lives of three young women on the HOLLA basketball team, as mentorship subtly transforms their experience. Through tough love and tenderness the kids learn to hurdle obstacles and adversity in a system biased against them.
Screening will be followed with a short Q&A lead by the director of HOLLA. View trailer here.
This program is part of the Our Story: Portland Through an African American Lens digital collection and project.
Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.