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Social Justice Cinema

“As an American-Iranian filmmaker I spent most of my life outside the U.S., therefore I had no idea how it is to live under the shadow of gun violence. When I moved to California 30 years ago, I tried hard to understand the love for guns. I tried to understand why people needed guns at home. I was told that this is our 2nd Amendment right and it is part of U.S. Constitution, so it is sacred. I also never understood why constitutions cannot be rewritten; why we think they are untouchable. There are many old and fanatic beliefs that…

Every month at Cinema Without Borders and CineEqual, we receive numerous emails and phone calls from independent, international filmmakers of social justice cinema, seeking help in making or distributing their projects. Help is wanted everywhere. On September 2nd, 2019 alone, social justice cinema filmmakers from the US, UK, Iran, Bangladesh, France, Pakistan, Germany, Canada, South Africa, and Thailand contacted us looking for help. Considering today’s world political climate that beckons for awareness of social justice issues, we have decided to introduce and spotlight organizations that offer support for independent filmmakers working on social justice projects. SIMA Studios, the organization we’re…

Cold Case Hammarskjöld is a shocking documentary by Mads Brügger. In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. We had an audio interview with Mads Brügger that we post it here as one of our podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/user-222526075/cold-case-an-interview-with?in=user-222526075/sets/cwb-podcast With Dag Hammarskjöld’s case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything…

For more than 35 years, China enforced a radical experiment in population control, restricting couples to a single child and imposing harsh penalties on those who violated the policy. In the 2019 Sundance U.S. Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary One Child Nation, Chinese born filmmakers Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) and Jialing Zhang dig fearlessly into the past with startling testimony from victims and perpetrators, including members of Wang’s own family, as well as archival footage, vintage propaganda materials and intimate first-hand accounts of the policy’s horrific consequences. A stunning, nuanced indictment of a program that prioritized a national agenda over human life,…

Honeyland is an amazing and beautiful documentary directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. The freshness and importance of the topic of the film, honesty of the filmmakers dealing with their subject and the magical structure of Honeyland makes it one of the best and exceptionally entertaining and informative documentaries of our time. I had the opportunity to speak to Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov in a Skype video interview.and ask them about making of Honeyland: Bijan Tehrani https://vimeo.com/351211822 Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an…

The Edge of Democracy is a powerful documentary that shows the birth and fall of democracy in Brazil. This is an eye-opening film that portrays the threats to the new born or even old democracies around our planet. Watching it gives you a clear idea why we are witnessing an increasing rise of the racist, totalitarian regimes all around the world. Petra Costa director of the The Edge of Democracy tells this story using a personal approach that makes the film quite interesting to watch an appealing. We had the opportunity of interviewing Petra Costa on camera. Bijan Tehrani https://vimeo.com/342805204…

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents 13 films, from June 13-20, 2019, that shine a bright light on bravery and resilience in challenging times, with incisive perspectives on human rights issues affecting people around the world. As racism and xenophobia continue to rise within the highest echelons of power, this year’s festival presents cinematic works that expose and humanize cases of legalized and legitimized oppression of the disenfranchised that demand the world’s attention. To learn more about 2019 Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York, Cinema Without Borders had the opportunity of interviewing John Biaggi , Director of the festival. Please…

Cold Sweat an Iranian film by Soheil Beiraghi will be screened in Los Angeles for two nights, June 9th and June 13th, for more information please check the Facebook page of the film.  I had the opportunity of watching Cold Sweat and I enjoyed the film with it critical look into the subject of treating women as a property of the husband and deeply address this matter. Cold Sweat has a powerful structure and engages your mind to its subject even after leaving the theater. Baran Kosari and Amir Jadidi both offer great performances and  Soheil Beiraghi, Cold Sweat director. will be on our…

Featuring a star-making performance by Sótera Cruz, a young actress who plays the title character, this unique coming-of-age narrative explores the racism encountered by indigenous people in Mexico. Guie’dani (Cruz) is a Zapotec teenager who moves to Mexico City with her mother to work as a housekeeper for an upper-middle-class family. There, their language is mocked, and psychological subjugation is inflicted. Yet, Guie’dani rejects the life of servitude and seeks her own identity through a friendship with another rebellious teen. GUIE’DANI’S NAVEL, a brilliant film directed by Xavi Sala is among the films screened in Other Mexico  section of 2019…

After Maria, directed by Nadia Hallgren, is about aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s catastrophic destruction in 2017. Three Puerto Rican women and their families are caught between worlds as their FEMA housing assistance in New York expires. With the threat of homelessness on the horizon, After Maria follows as they fight to keep their families together and weather the emotional effects from displacement. We had the opportunity of interviewing Nadia Hallgren on camera about making of After Maria and its streaming on NETFLIX: https://vimeo.com/337568259 Nadia Hallgren is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography from The Bronx, New York.With a focus on vérité…

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