May 2022 Advocate: Film Studies instructor’s new documentary

Recognizing faculty achievements

Announcing “Clarissa’s Battle,” a new documentary film directed by SMCCD Film Studies instructor Tamara Perkins

Film studies instructor and filmmaker Tamara Perkins has directed and produced another new documentary, Clarissa’s Battle, which follows a local organizer and single mom leading a movement for childcare and early education for all. “Clarissa is a driven, straight-talking single Black mother and social warrior in Oakland, California. Becoming unhoused with an infant inspired her to champion childcare and preschool as a human right.” The film trailer and additional details can be found here:

The film premieres at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 21 and 22, also available digitally beginning May 19, and will also be screened at SF Doc Fest on June 4.

Tamara is AFT 1493’s new Part-Timer Representative for the College of San Mateo, where in addition to Skyline College, she teaches film. A huge congratulations to Tamara on her new film and her social justice work in raising awareness of how marginalized Bay Area parents and workers can fight to improve their lives.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Tamara. You can send her a note at <>.