Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival

Monday, Jan 18, 2021

New York, NY 10001

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The Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival presents impactful films that engage the community toward a more democratic, inclusive, and just society. The festival explores themes of inequality, injustice, and social responsibility. Through films, special events, and conversations, we aim to inspire participants to reflect and take action in order to create a community of civic-minded individuals eager to make a collective change. In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, our goal is to promote social action that leads to positive change in our society and beyond.

Film Schedule:

John Lewis: Good Trouble
Closing Night + MLK Day Event
Dir. Dawn Porter
US | 2020 | 96 min | Doc
John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. The film explores Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.

Q+A: Mon, Jan 18, 6 pm
Streaming: Jan 18 only

Breaking Fast
Dir. Mike Mosallam
US | 2020 | 92 min | Narrative
Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak. When the all-American Kal offers to join Mo in his nightly Iftars (the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan), the two start to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye.

Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 8 pm
Streaming: Jan 14-18, NY state only

The Condor and the Eagle
Dir Sophie Guerra + Clément Guerra
US | 2019 | 82 min | Doc
An epic journey for climate justice from the Canadian Boreal forest to the Amazon Rainforest. Never-before-seen images expose the global rise of land and water protectors and document the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change. This film features Indigenous leaders deploying unparalleled global response and takes us on an adventure to unite the peoples of the Americas and deepen the meaning of “justice” while learning from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy.

Q+A: Sun, Jan 17, 2 pm
Streaming: Jan 16-18

Missing in Brooks County
Dir. Lisa Molomot + Jeff Berniss
US | 2020 | 80 min | Doc
The epicenter for migrant deaths in the United States isn't on the border-it’s in Brooks County, Texas, 70 miles north of the Rio Grande. Two families arrive here to search for their missing loved ones and find a haunted land and very few answers.

Streaming: Jan 14-18
Q+A: Jan 15, 2 pm

Dir Sarah Moshman
US | 2020 | 80 min | Doc
Taking a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time's Up, Nevertheless follows the intimate stories of seven individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or in a school context. Co-presented by Film Fatales.

Streaming: Jan 14-18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 6 pm

Los Hermanos/The Brothers
Dir. Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
US | 2020 | 84 min | Doc
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers-violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo-live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. A thaw in the US-Cuba relations offers the first opportunity for the brothers to tour the US together. But at the tour’s end, politics shift again, threatening the brothers’ dreams. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos (The Brothers) offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

Q+A: Sun, Jan 17, 4 pm
Streaming: Jan 14-18

Hungry to Learn
Dir. Greta Gandhir
US | 2020 | 84 min | Doc
The story of three American college students and a professor facing up to the painful reality that college tuition has gotten so high that some students can’t afford to pay it and also eat. This film explains how we got here and the high price paid on campuses around the country.

Streaming: Jan 14-18
Q+A: Sun, Jan 17, 6 pm

Shared Legacies
MLK Day Event
Dir. Shari Rogers
US | 2020 | 95 min | Doc
The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating and urgent call to action. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored.

Shared Legacies is presented collaboratively by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, the Jewish Museum, and Film at Lincoln Center. The JCC's Cinematters: NY Social Justice FIlm Festival takes place January 14-18, 2021. The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center's annual New York Jewish Film Festival takes place January 13-26, 2021.

Q+A: Mon, Jan 18, 2 pm
Streaming: Jan 16-18, NY State only

Black Boys
MLK Day Screening
Dir. Sonia Lowman
US | 2020 | 90 min | Doc
A film for this historic moment, Black Boys exposes the dehumanization of Black males in America at the intersection of sports, education, and criminal justice in a nation still struggling to rectify its past.

Q+A: Mon, Jan 18, 4 pm
Streaming: Jan 18 only

High Score
Dir. Serena Ryen + Ethan Itzkow
US | 2020 | 16 min | Narrative
After a young man is fired from his job as a result of his casually offensive behavior, he finds the perfect people to blame: minorities. Newly inspired by the white supremacist ideology of the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, we watch as he sinks into the darkest pits of the internet and takes the ideas he finds there as his own.

Streaming: Jan 14-18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 2 pm

The Sacrifice Zone
Dir Julie Winokur
US | 2020 | 32 min | Doc
The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country. Maria Lopez-Nuñez, a Honduran-American resident there, is waging a war for environmental justice. She is part of the Ironbound Community Corporation, one of the most effective environmental justice organizations in the country. The Sacrifice Zone follows Maria as she leads a group of environmental justice fighters determined to break the cycle of poor communities of color serving as dumping grounds for our consumer society.

Streaming: Jan 14-18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 3:15 pm

Imagining the Indian
Dir. Aviva Kempner + Ben West
US | 2020 | 22 min | Doc
A comprehensive examination of the movement to eliminate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive, giving voice to both supporters and detractors of the cause. The film takes a deep dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight.

Streaming: Jan 14-18
Q+A: Sat, Jan 16, 2:30 pm

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