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Anna, Wadia, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Laine, Romero-Alston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

How we’re neglecting our elders and the workers that care for them: Q&A with the filmmakers of "Care"

The people responsible for the safety and health of our loved ones are paid less than parking lot attendants, and rarely receive health insurance or other benefits. According to PHI, home care workers in the US, like Vilma, are 89% female and make a median annual income of $13,300.

Alfred, Ironside, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Global Communications

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

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.

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

How documentary storytelling can forge connection and create change

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

Tracy Van Slyke. Photo credit: Jim Newberry Rinku Sen

Tracy Van Slyke, Director, Culture Lab

Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Race Forward

How to be a better storyteller: Five questions social change makers need to ask

The Culture Lab and Race Forward offer five questions and a tool kit to help social change and media makers become better storytellers. 

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

"America Divided": Putting a spotlight on inequality

America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Libby, Wann. New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

Elizabeth Wann, Program Assistant, Inclusive Economies

Domestic workers’ rights and voter suppression: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 5

Ford Foundation staff recap Episode 5 of America Divided and discuss domestic workers' rights and voter suppression

Cara Mertes 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.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Associate, Civic Engagement and Government

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. 

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Criminalizing students of color, immigration reform, and the opioid epidemic: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 3

The Ford Foundation recaps episode 3 of America Divided, a docu-series about rising inequality in the United States.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

"When Two Worlds Collide": A victory for Peruvian indigenous leaders, on-screen and off

The documentary When Two Worlds Collide captures the conflict between indigenous communities determined to protect their tribal lands, and government-supported business interests eager to open those lands up to oil drilling, mining, and clear-cutting.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

Segregation in housing and education, and moving forward in Flint: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 2

The Ford Foundation recaps episode 2 of America Divided, a docu-series about rising inequality in the United States.

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

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. 

“The web belongs to all of us”: Q&A with the web’s inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, discusses why he created the web, why access to the Internet is a human right, and what it really means for the Internet to be open “for everyone" following a screening of Foreveryone.net, a documentary by Jessica Yu about his great invention. 

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

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.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Exploring the rise of Misty Copeland in “A Ballerina’s Tale”

An interview with filmmaker Nelson George on his experience documenting Misty Copeland's historic rise to become the world's first black principal dancer at a major international ballet company.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Brook Kelly-Green

, Manager, JustFilms

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A story of southern black women and families living with HIV/AIDS: Q&A with the filmmaker of Wilhemina’s War

An interview with the filmmaker of Wilhemina's War, the story of an African American grandmother living in the rural south and fighting to help her granddaughter survive the health risks and social stigma of living with HIV.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Following a real-time terrorism sting: Q&A with the filmmakers behind (T)ERROR

Interview with the filmmakers of (T)ERROR on the very real consequences of counter-terrorism surveillance and what we’re willing to sacrifice in the fight against terrorism.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Why the Black Panthers still matter today: Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson

Interview with filmmaker Stanley Nelson on his Black Panthers documentary and its relevance to #BlackLivesMatter and racial tensions today.

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Vivek, Malhorta, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Vivek Malhotra, Director, Civil and Human Rights

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Our top social justice moments at Sundance

Ford staff recount their most memorable social justice moments from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Celebrating five years of JustFilms

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

Rosemary, Okello Orlale, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

With its global reach, Good Pitch is transforming filmmaking

Good Pitch makes the filmmaking community stronger and builds a broader capacity for collaboration.

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

The extraordinary Grace Lee Boggs

Remembering the extraordinary Grace Lee Boggs.

Cara Mertes

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

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.

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

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

, Senior Program Officer

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.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

A shocking crime, a complicated aftermath

Valentine Road explores the murder of a teenager who had begun exploring his gender identity and reveals the circumstances that led to a shocking crime, as well as its complicated aftermath.