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Activism and Impact


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  • How to Survive a Plague
    How to Survive a Plague
    Director: David France   | Year of production: 2012
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 110/85 min.

    Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. How To Survive A Plague is the story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

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  • Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
    Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
    Director: Jenifer McShane   | Year of production: 2019
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 96/25 min.

    ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS follows two police officers with the San Antonio Texas Police Department who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment, one 911 call at a time.

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  • Picture a Scientist
    Picture a Scientist
    Director: Ian Cheney   Sharon Shattuck   | Year of production: 2020
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 97/56 min.

    PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field sites, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

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  • Mission: JOY
    Mission: JOY
    Director: Louie Psihoyos   Peggy Callahan   | Year of production: 2021
    Country of production: USA | Language: Italian (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 88 min.

    Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, this documentary gives unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international Nobel Peace Prize winners and global icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Tutu. Offering groundbreaking neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us find more joy in our daily lives, the never-before-seen footage shot over five days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, invites viewers to join these luminaries as they recount stories from their profound lives. Through genuine affection, mutual respect, and a healthy dose of teasing, these friends impart ways to live joyously regardless of the challenges of life, whether extraordinary or mundane. Mission: Joy is an antidote for the times.

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  • America to Me
    America to Me
    Director: Steve James   | Year of production: 2018
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 10 one-hour episodes min.

    Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education in this multipart unscripted documentary series. Poignant and funny, epic and intimate, America to Me spends an academic year at Chicagoland’s elite Oak Park and River Forest High School, allowing its students, families, faculty and administration to tell stories of the pressures and challenges teens face in their own words.

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  • White Coat Rebels
    White Coat Rebels
    Director: Greg Barker   | Year of production: 2021
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 82 min.

    White Coat Rebels follows idealistic medical students and iconoclastic doctors who battle the structural inequalities of America’s health care system, in which their physicians’ oath to “do no harm” is challenged by the insidious power of the global pharmaceutical industry.
    Each medical school student recites the ancient Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm”–a ritual that reinforces the healing power of “the white coat.” And yet few medical students are prepared to face the insidious power of the pharma industry whose tentacles reach literally every aspect of their profession and influence medical decision-making in a way few realize. They confront Big Pharmas power head-on and in a David vs. Goliath-type struggle show that change is possible.

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  • Roll Red Roll
    Roll Red Roll
    Director: Nancy Schwartzman   | Year of production: 2018
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 81 min.

    In small-town Steubenville Ohio, at a pre-season football party, a horrible incident took place that would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders.
    Amateur crime blogger Alex Goddard uncovers disturbing evidence online, documenting the assault of a teenage girl by members of the high school football team.
    Explore the complex motivations of both perpetrators and bystanders in this story, to unearth the attitudes at the core of their behavior. The Steubenville story acts as a cautionary tale of what can happen when adults look the other way and deny that rape culture exists.
    With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, this documentary feature unflinchingly asks: “Why didn’t anyone stop it?”
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  • An Inconvenient Sequel
    An Inconvenient Sequel
    Director: Bonni Cohen   Jon Shenk   | Year of production: 2017
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 100 min.

    A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public – as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

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  • DOLORES
    DOLORES
    Director: Peter Bratt   | Year of production: 2017
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 96 min.

    Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

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  • Kiss the Ground
    Kiss the Ground
    Director: Josh Tickell   Rebecca Tickell   | Year of production: 2020
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 84 / 47 min.

    A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

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  • MLK/FBI
    MLK/FBI
    Director: Sam Pollard   | Year of production: 2020
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 106 min.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic film, award-winning editor, and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.

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  • Not Going Quietly
    Not Going Quietly
    Director: Nicholas Bruckman   | Year of production: 2021
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 95 min.

    A rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Senator Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Ady and a motley crew of activists ignite a once-in-a-generation political movement called “Be a Hero.” Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice.

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  • Seeding Change
    Seeding Change
    Director: Richard Yelland   | Year of production: 2020
    Country of production: USA | Language: English, Portuguese (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 51 min.

    20 years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs joined a movement to change the world through the pursuit of an alternative economic model and practice of conscious commerce. Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce is about “triple bottom line” businesses that consider the social, environmental and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues. Seeding Change is an award-winning documentary empowering viewers to be part of the solution by voting with their dollars and supporting the brands and products that align with their values.

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  • The Hunting Ground
    The Hunting Ground
    Director: Kirby Dick   | Year of production: 2015
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 102 min.

    From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.
    Weaving together verite footage and first-person testimonials, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and legal justice, despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.

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  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell
    Pray the Devil Back to Hell
    Director: Abigail Disney   Gini Reticker   | Year of production: 2008
    Country of production: Other, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 72 min.

    This celebrated documentary tells the dramatic success story of the women’s peace movement of Liberia, where Christian and Muslim women banded together to end their country’s civil war. Leymah Gbowee, the central figure in the film, and the Women of Liberia are the recipients of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award™.

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  • CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
    CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
    Director: Robin Hauser   | Year of production: 2015
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 78 min.

    CODE exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap, raising the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities in the tech industry, and how do we get there?
    Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA.

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  • John Lewis: Good Trouble
    John Lewis: Good Trouble
    Director: Dawn Porter   | Year of production: 2020
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 98 min.

    An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.

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  • Storm Lake
    Storm Lake
    Director: Jerry Risius   Beth Levison   | Year of production: 2021
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 85 min.

    Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has changed a lot in the 40 years since Big Agriculture arrived. Migrant workers flock here, welcome and not, for their slice of the American Dream. The people of Storm Lake confront a changing community as global forces threaten their precarious existence. Enter: 63-year-old Pulitzer-prize winner Art Cullen and his family-run newspaper, The Storm Lake Times. Day-in and day-out, the Cullens deliver local news and biting editorials on a shoestring budget for their 3,000 readers. Come hell or pandemic, they’ll fight to preserve this town they call home. There’s simply too much at stake.

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  • The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
    The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
    Director: Camilla Becket   James Becket   | Year of production: 2021
    Country of production: Australia, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 82 min.

    How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator become Monsanto’s worst nightmare? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the ecological food movement, and is inspiring an international crusade for change.

    In her colorful sari and large scarlet bindi, Dr. Vandana Shiva is an arresting presence: She galvanizes crowds, advises government leaders, fields constant calls from the media—then then retreats from big-city buzz to work alongside small farmers across the developing world.

    Who is she? What is her mission? How did this woman from an obscure town in India become Monsanto’s worst nightmare: a rebellious rock star in the global debate about who feeds the world?

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  • Half the Sky
    Half the Sky
    Director: Maro Chermayeff   | Year of production: 2012
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 240 min.

    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, based on the widely acclaimed book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.

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