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Social Justice Cinema

The 15th edition of the International Exile Film Festival will be held in Sweden from 12 to 18 of November 2021. Hossein Mahini Creative Director of The Exile Film Festival explains the goals of 2021 Exile Film Festival in a press release: “I’m in exile Because I still have hope.” – The message to the Exile Film Festival from the legendary Greek filmmaker, poet and philosopher Theo Angelopoulos, Believing in “Hope” has been the driving force throughout the 30 years of our festival’s heartfelt activity in supporting exiled filmmakers and trying to broaden public viewings of their films. Even now,…

Using the eponymous 1978 bestselling book as its frame, THE MEANING OF HITLER is a provocative interrogation of our culture’s fascination with Hitler and Nazism set against the backdrop of the current rise of white supremacy, the normalization of antisemitism and the weaponization of history itself. Shot in nine countries, the film traces Hitler’s movements, his rise to power and the scenes of his crimes as historians and writers, including Deborah Lipstadt, Martin Amis, Sir Richard Evans, Saul Friedlander, Yehuda Bauer, and famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, weigh in on the lasting impact of his virulent ideology. As…

ENEMIES OF THE STATE is a documentary thriller that investigates the strange case of Matt DeHart, an alleged hacker and whistleblower, and his former Cold War spy parents who believe they are at the center of a government conspiracy and are ready to do anything to save their son from prison. This stranger-than-fiction story takes audiences on a wild ride of unexpected plot twists and bizarre discoveries in an artistic and cinematic documentary that blurs the line between reality and paranoia. With extraordinary access to all lead characters and key sources, this film presents many contradicting viewpoints as it attempts…

In “They Say It Can’t be done” filmmaker and his team track four companies on the brink of disruptive innovation. with technologies that can: · Reduce atmospheric carbon · Heal the seas · Solve hunger · Eliminate organ wait lists To learn more about this interesting documentary feature we had a video interview with Andrea Fuller producer of the film: https://vimeo.com/554866344 Andrea Fuller, uses her engineer brain to help clients make an impact on complex situations with concrete plans, clear metrics and creative content. She has worked with organizations as diverse as the World Bank, the Water Environment Federation, the…

New York, April 15, 2021 — The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 32nd year, will present its second full digital edition of groundbreaking new films, available nationwide in the U.S. from May 19 through 27, 2021. The film festival will feature in-depth online discussions with filmmakers, film participants and Human Rights Watch researchers and advocates. To learn more about the 2021 festival we had a video interview with Leah Sapin, the Associate Director of Programming & Production at Human Rights Watch Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/552195143 As the world continues to grapple with the realities of isolation amid a global pandemic, relationships…

Make a short film to participate in the I, Immigrant: First Responders & Essential Workers in the Corona War – Online Film Festival. Show the world the sacrifices US Immigrant First Responders & Essential Workers on the front lines are making to save lives and keep the country running in the brutal battle against the Coronavirus. Essential Workers have not been able to work from home during the shutdown, but rather have continued to go to their normal jobs, bringing them into contact on a daily basis with COVID-19 patients or the general public or fellow workers in unsafe conditions.…

White Tiger by Ramin Bahrani is an amazing film about social justice issues, well thought and well made by powerful performances and another missed opportunity for the Academy awards for recognizing a masterpiece. I found the White Tiger a mush stronger and honest film than Parasite that was also trying to address the same subject and for sure far better than Minari, a melodrama that has six Oscar nominations. Watch this brilliant film on Netflix. Bijan Tehrani We had the opportunity of talking to Ramiin Bahrani in a ZOOM interview about making of the White Tiger: https://vimeo.com/532648011 Balram Halwai (Adarsh…

We talked with Tomer Shushan, writer and director of 2020 SXSW’s best narrative short film, WHITE EYE. The film is in consideration for Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Short Film (Live Action). A tense and suspenseful movie, WHITE EYE is shot in one long take and portrays race and class inequalities in Israel. It was nominated for Bridging the Borders Award in 2020 Palm Spring International ShortFest. “This topical film has screened at over 70 film festivals, including 22 Oscar-qualifying. This Live-Action short has won numerous accolades including the Oscar-qualifying Best Narrative Short Award at SXSW Film Festival. White Eye…

Charlatan directed by Agnieszka Holland, is Czech Republic Oscar entry for International Film Award that is now in the Oscar’s shortlist. Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”. But his passion for healing welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person…

Chances are, if you’re a moviegoer, you’ve heard a little something about women’s fight for equality in Hollywood. According to Women and Hollywood, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates for the cause, women remain poorly represented behind the camera, making up just 10% of directors and 19% of writers. It’s no wonder that women, so often boxed out of sharing their stories on screen, would distill that pain into their filmmaking, creating powerful stories of how sexism and misogyny continue to oppress women from all walks of life. In these ten movies about sexism, women struggle for equality everywhere…

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