The Film Life Foundation’s inaugural Social Justice Now Film Festival (SJNFF) has unveiled its robust program including its spotlight screenings including the documentaries 40 Years A Prisoner from HBO, Us Kids, and SNCC executive produced by Pharell Williams as well as I Am Other. and the narrative feature REEFA. The fest will also feature the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed Just Mercy and Ryan Coogler’s award-winning Fruitvale Station as opening night films which will screen at Paramount’s Drive-In Theater on Wednesday, October 21. Both films star Michael B. Jordan, who was previously announced as Co-Ambassador alongside Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi. All official selections and spotlight screenings will be available to stream for free on abffplay.com, a new digital platform, powered by Endeavor Streaming from October 21-25.
“Through these films, we hope to advance the dialogue and help to reshape the narrative of racial and social justice in this country. The festival’s mission is to encourage people to recognize the fierce urgency of now—to watch, reflect, and take action,” said SJNFF creators Jeff and Nicole Friday.
From shorts to documentaries to narrative features, the SJNFF program includes an impressive lineup of timely, relevant, informative and empowering films. The non-competitive showcase highlights the themes of social justice, and explore issues of racial injustice, implicit bias, Black identity and human rights. This includes Ali LeRoi’s The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, Ghost’s Even In Darkness, Cities of Dreams Are Born, Jessica Rae’s Raise Your Hand, Sunu Gonera’s Riding With Sugar, Tyshun Wardlaw’s Growing Up Milwaukee and more. The slate of films were selected by a jury of industry executives including Endeavor, the parent company of Endeavor Content, which is a Coalition Partner on the event. The festival can be accessed via the website http://www.socialjusticenowfilmfestival.org.
Read the complete list of selections for this year’s fest below.
40 Years a Prisoner | Documentary
Reefa | Narrative Feature
SNCC | Documentary
Us Kids | Documentary
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
The Obituary of Tunde JohnsonUSA | 104 min
Even in Darkness, Cities of Dreams Are BornUSA | 95 min
Raise Your Hand
Riding With SugarUSA | 106 min
Big Chief, Black HawkUSA | 20 min
Growing Up MilwaukeeUSA | 115 min
HBCU Storytellers: Confederate Monuments – Heritage or Hatred?USA | 22 min
Hope VillageUSA | 71 min
NegrosUSA | 20 min
Public Enemy Number OneUSA | 70 min
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in SchoolsUSA | 76 min
The Prison WithinUSA | 86 minThe Prison Within is a relevant and timely documentary exploring the destructive impact of untreated trauma on individuals and communities through the powerful stories of survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder in circle inside San Quentin prison.
SankofaUSA | 28 min
Who Will Survive AmericaUSA | 7 min
Unlearning SexUSA | 38 min
When Liberty BurnsUSA | 111 min
Writing On the WallWriting on the Wall documents the transforming streets of Soho, New York City during the Black Lives Matter protests in June and July 2020. It is held together by the musical performance of Sean Bennett, A.K.A. “Yozart,” playing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 on the corner of Spring Street and West Broadway.
AugustusUSA | 15 min
Backwards GodUSA | 6 min
Black UnscriptedUSA | 16 min
Black.MattersUSA | 5 min
BrokenUSA | 15 min
Catch A GirlUSA | 15 min
WBLSUSA | 17 min
Eavesdropping on the EldersUSA | 18 min
First Day BackUSA | 21 min
Four WomenUSA | 3 min
Free to BeUSA | 13 min
HermanosUSA | 23 min
Man DownUSA | 15 min
A Million EyesUSA | 24 min
White NoiseUSA | 10 min
All Things Undone | Podcast
Film Life Foundation is the SJNFF organizer, with Coalition Partners to include ABFF Ventures, Endeavor Content, One Community, and Outlier Society. Sony Pictures Entertainment is the Founding Sponsor, with Principal Sponsors being K Period Media and ShivHans Pictures. The official Sponsors are Advancing Black Pathways – JP Morgan Chase & Co., Amazon Studios, HEINEKEN USA Inc. and Amazon Alexa. Impact Partners include the Advancement Project, Color of Change, GoldHouse, Higher Heights for America, IllumiNative, LA Collab, NBJCand When We Vote. BlackLove.com and Black Information Network are Marketing Partners.
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