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Sundance 2017: Celebrating films that help us understand today’s world

JustFilms, part of Ford’s Creativity and Free Expression program, is a longtime partner of the Sundance Institute and supported seven films in 2017.

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How documentary storytelling can forge connection and create change

How can creative and documentary work help build a fairer and more just society?

Mayra, Peters-Quintero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ethan, Fray, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

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Money in politics, immigrant rights, and the opioid crisis: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 4

Ford Foundation staff recap episode 4 of America Divided and discuss the influence of big money in politics and protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants. 

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Criminal justice reform, the Flint water crisis, and NYC housing: A recap of “America Divided,” episode 1

The first episode of America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores three issues of American inequality: our nation's broken criminal justice system, the Flint water crisis, and housing issues in New York City. 

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Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Q&A with "Music of Strangers" filmmaker Morgan Neville

JustFilms director Cara Mertes spoke to filmmaker Morgan Neville about his film, The Music of Strangers.

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Celebrating five years of JustFilms

Cara Mertes reflects on 5 years of JustFilms, and looks ahead to the next phase of immersive storytelling.

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The extraordinary Grace Lee Boggs

Remembering the extraordinary Grace Lee Boggs.

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CITIZENFOUR: Filmmaking as an act of justice

JustFilms director, Cara Mertes, shares how CITIZENFOUR is an example of how filmmaking can be an act of justice.

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Roberta, Uno, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

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An evening with Kumu Hina

This event demonstrated how arts and culture, including film, dance, and music serve as a central means of self-expression and political activism for LGBT people of color.