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Social Justice Cinema

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,’”…

The political documentary “Kollontai, Notes on the Resistance,” produced by an Argentine team, tells the story of Uruguayans’ fight to end the civic-military dictatorship that ruled their country between 1973-1985, beginning with the founding of the Victory of the People Party (PVP) in 1975 in Buenos Aires. With two years of dictatorship behind them, militants of different political sectors of the left launched the so-called “Alejandra Campaign” in honor of the Russian Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952), for the purpose of establishing in secret a new political party from Buenos Aires. The new organization – the PVP – is today part…

Given the public’s increased focus on sexual harassment and women’s rights this past year, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Congdon will make a timely visit to SUNY Cortland to show and discuss two of her works: “The Mask You Live In” and “Miss Representation.” Congdon will speak on “Feminism, Film, Men and the Media: Telling our Stories through Film” on Friday, April 20. Her talk will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. “One of the things that impresses me with Jess’ work is her fight for social justice,” said Andrea Harbin, associate professor of English. Preceding her…

Moviegoers have already been asked a huge sacrifice by countless activist critics and journalist to support a movie like Marvel’s Black Panther. People were nearly corralled and forced into the theater to pad the numbers for Black Panther so that Social Justice Warriors could hail it as a success. Well, it turns out that being charitable toward Hollywood’s diversity machine isn’t enough; Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson practically begs on his proverbial hands and knees for people to support bad diversity movies. So why are Social Justice Warriors now asking – no, demanding – people see bad diversity movies? Well, according to Mendelson, supporting…

When the time came for the students and professor in the upper-level course “Film Festival Studies” to produce an actual festival — the inaugural Bates Film Festival — there were friends ready to lend a hand. Friends like Academy Award–winner Stacey Kabat ’85, Anike Tourse ’92, Nicole Danser ’15, Taylor Blackburn ’15, and Alexandra Morrow ’16, all creators of short films that will be shown at the festival. And like Constance “Stanzy” Brimelow ’16, who, as an associate producer of a Sundance award–winning film, will take part in a festival panel on women in media. Rhetoric professor Jon Cavallero leads his…

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