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Spotlight On Social Justice

Spotlight on Social Justice aims to create an inclusive environment to highlight social issues and the people
fighting for progress.


Film Selections

All These Sons

in-person • usa • Dir. Bing Liu, Joshua Altman

On Chicago's South and West sides, gun violence is destroying countless lives. Two men dedicate their lives educating, empowering and healing young Black men at high risk for being victims or perpetrators of shootings.

Krimes

In-Person & Virtual • usa • Dir. Alysa Nahmias

While serving a six-year prison sentence, artist Jesse Krimes secretly creates monumental works of art which he smuggles out, piece-by-piece—only seeing them in totality upon his coming home, when his work captures the art world’s attention as he struggles to re-adjust to life outside.

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

in-person • chad, france, germany, belgium • Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

On the outskirts of N'djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only 15-year-old daughter Maria. Her already fragile world collapses the day she discovers that her daughter is pregnant, but in a country where abortion is not only condemned by religion, but also by law, Amina finds herself facing a battle that seems lost in advance.

Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

In-Person & Virtual • usa • Dir. Louie Psihoyos, Peggy Callahan

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share science-backed wisdom of how to live with joy in troubled times.

Subjects of Desire

In-Person & Virtual • canada • Dir. Jennifer Holness

Told from the POV of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, Subjects of Desire explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media.

The First Step

in-person & virtual • usa • Dir. Brandon Kramer

In a divided America, Van Jones attempts to pass a landmark criminal justice bill — and finds himself under fire from all sides.

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

in-person • usa • Dir. Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.

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