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Social Justice Cinema

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…

Amazon Studios’ Photograph is the story of a struggling Mumbai street photographer pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit. Despite vast cultural differences, the pair develops a surprising connection that challenges their worldviews in a wistful and funny romance from Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox). Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) came to Mumbai from a small village to earn money to pay off an old family debt. Working as a street photographer, he shares one small room with friends and sends almost everything he makes to his grandmother, Dadi (Farrukh Jaffar), in…

CNN Films announced today it’s partnering with Trilogy Films, Color Farm Media and AGC Studios to develop a documentary about Congressman John Robert Lewis and his civil rights efforts. Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. Nicknamed “the Boy from Troy,” in recognition of his oratory skills and commitment to social justice, he became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s trusted allies. Directed by Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army), the film will explore the Georgia representative’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform, and immigration. Porter began…

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents 13 timely and provocative 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. Now celebrating its 30th year, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival truly reflects its ethos of celebrating diversity of content and perspective, providing…

A new documentary exploring the Satanic Temple and its followers has debuted at the Riviera Theatre, much to the dismay of a local religious leader. “Hail Satan?”, directed by Penny Lane that premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, follows The Satanic Temple’s origins and grassroots political activism. Lane aims to show these Satanists as hard-working activists striving to preserve the separation of church and state in the face of religious hypocrisy. In a recent review, The New York Times described The Satanic Temple as “basically the Yes Men with an ethos, using humor and outrageous behavior to call attention to hypocrisy, particularly…

ALPENA, Mich.–Thunder Bay Theatre is teaming up with the Alpena High School Masquers Club and Central Michigan University’s Department of Theatre to present the Social Injustice Project, a reading series staging plays that deal with issues of social injustice. This spring, a team of actors from each of the partnering organizations will present a staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, a theatrical response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. The reading will be presented in Alpena at Thunder Bay Theatre on May 6, starting at 7:00pm, and in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, May 11th, at…

The Peabody Awards announced eight winners in the documentary category yesterday (April 16) for projects released in 2018. Among the honorees: “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” which the award program describes as: “A tribute to Lorraine Hansberry’s life and career as an essayist, journalist and playwright, and fearless advocate for social justice, the film mines her rich archive of writing, diaries, letters and personal effects, resulting in an intimate and powerful portrait of an innovative artist and radical activist.” https://youtu.be/G3Mg0KQ_oZo “Independent Lens: DOLORES,” which the program calls, “an exhilarating portrait of activist and community organizer Dolores Huerta that serves as a timely reminder of the power of collective action in service of social justice.”…

The Ford Foundation is hosting an event on April 8th for Brave New Films’ FOLLOWING THEIR LEAD: YOUTH IN ACTION series.  Rohan Chand the young actor from BAD WORDS and MOWGLI will be introducing the organizations in this event. Anyone interested to social justice issues would like to be in the ‘room where it happens’.  Historically, that room has been strictly limited and the people who are most directly affected by the outcomes discussed in these rooms aren’t invited to participate. Here is our video interview with Jim Miller, Executive Director of Brave New Films. https://vimeo.com/327862698 On April 8th Brave New Films will share…

When it comes to the state of disability access, one thing is for certain: we are an afterthought. It’s remarkable to think that with all the ingenuity in architecture and discussions about representation that disability continuously falls through the cracks. I’ve lived as a wheelchair user my whole life and never felt limited until I started working as a film critic. No, the nature of writing and seeing movies isn’t a problem. But as any writer will tell you, a key component of this job is going to film festivals. Festivals aren’t purely a means of seeing a hot new…

Artists and creative professionals are change agents. They provide us with fresh ideas on old quandaries, from racial equity and gentrification to gender identity. Those ideas then shape our culture. Culture forms public attitudes. Public attitudes help mold our policy and legislation. In Boston, there’s a palpable surge of new artistic energy. A daring cohort of young creatives is molding the city’s cultural ecosystem in promising ways. Their ascension comes at a time when the city is ripe for an artistic renaissance, which is in part due to a committed financial investment in culture. Just last week, the city of Boston…

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