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Social Justice Cinema

A Thousand Girls Like Me a film directed by Sahra Mosawi-Mani is scheduled to screen today, June 20, 2018 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York and it will be coming to MUBI in 4 days. We had the opportunity of interviewing  Sahra Mosawi-Mani and we asked her to present her film to our audience. https://vimeo.com/276049308 A Thousand Girls Like Me begins in 2014 when, appearing on a national television show, Khatera publicly accuses her father: for more than 13 years, Khatera suffered physical abuse and repeated rape at the hands of her father, resulting in numerous pregnancies. Most of Khatera’s…

THE SQUARE captures the immediacy and intensity of the revolution from the nexus of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, catapulting us into the action from the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, through military rule, and culminating with the ousting of Mohamed Morsi in the summer of 2013. The film provides a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of the events as they unfold through the eyes of several passionate activists—including one member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a young liberal, Khalid Abdalla, who has acted in films like THE KITE RUNNER. Armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a…

THE UNAFRAID is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending its top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, their personal struggles and triumphs, and fighting for their families and communities. THE UNAFRAID shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in today’s…

“Naila and the Uprising” a film by Julia Bacha is scheduled to screen at New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 16th. Naila and the Uprising: When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines,…

The Honest Struggle tells the story of a Muslim convert that after 25 years of incarceration, re-enters society in the South-side of Chicago to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling with his past as a gang chief while trying to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging. To learn more about this film we had a text and video interview with Justin Mashouf, director of The Honest Struggle.  Justin Mashouf is a filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles.Justin’s work…

Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael Shannon (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; Oscar nominee for “Nocturnal Animals” and “Revolutionary Road”; Golden Globe nominee for “99 Homes”) star in HBO Films’ FAHRENHEIT 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) from a screenplay by Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi (“Vegas: Based on a True Story”), the drama is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting an alternate tomorrow in which media is an opiate, facts and history are rewritten, and “firemen” burn books. FAHRENHEIT 451 debuts SATURDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. https://youtu.be/mNKwe9k55fs…

The Santa Susana Field Lab was the site of one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in U.S. history. Decades later, it hasn’t been cleaned up and over 50 children in Melissa’s area, including her daughter, have been diagnosed with rare forms of cancer. Melissa writes: When my daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, at first I thought it was just incredibly bad luck. But when I started meeting other nearby parents of children with cancers, I wondered: was there something in our neighborhood which was making children sick?” https://youtu.be/fnWvXU8uX_Y Please check Change.org

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will present 15 timely and provocative films, from June 14-21, 2018, that shine a bright light on bravery and resilience in challenging times. In a year when women collectively raised their voices against discrimination and abuse, Human Rights Watch will present films offering incisive perspectives and critical insights on human rights issues impacting people around the world. 12 of the 15 films are directed or co-directed by women. Now in its 29th edition, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center. All screenings will…

“Tonight, these students are going to bring us arguments that we wouldn’t otherwise hear,” said professor Andrew Grace the night of April 24 as a sizable crowd gathered outside the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. Grace is the instructor for a year-long UA course called Documenting Justice in which students are guided through the process of conceptualizing and directing a short documentary centered around social justice. One student posed that Documenting Justice is the most important display of the arts at UA. The course was originally the idea of Stephen Black, the founder of Center of Ethics and Social Responsibility…

The fourth Women & Film festival is dedicated to a woman whose passion for cinema, storytelling and community helped inspire the female-focused project of the Port Townsend Film Festival to be established. “Beloved Marcia,” said festival director Janette Force of Marcia Perlstein, who died Feb. 25, 2018. “She was really the voice of our festival.” And, she was a voice – quite literally. Every year, Perlstein would go through the festival program to find directors, actors and screenwriters to interview on her radio show, “Treasures and Pleasures,” on KPTZ-FM 91.9. “‘I want to meet this person, this person, this person,’”…

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