“Mother of Civil Rights” – Mary Ellen Pleasant Celebrated Again

Bibbs Film On Pleasant Wins Hawaiian Festival Honors

Susheel Bibbs

Touring artist and filmmaker, Susheel Bibbs has won yet another festival award for her PBS film MEET MARY PLEASANT (Mother of Civil Rights), a documentary that chronicles the life and legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant, the San Francisco activist-entrepreneur now called the Mother of Civil Rights in California.  Just announced was the Gold Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival.
The Festival will take place April 24th and 25th, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, and the award will be given  at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony to be held April 25th. In the announcement, the festival informed wrote,
“Our judges felt that your film demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of our most esteemed award.  Your film was among the very best of the several hundreds of films submitted from over 30 countries around the world.  Only a select group of projects in each competitive category are selected to be honored with this prestigious award.”