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The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show

A film by Yoruba Richen

2020

In early 1968, as riots rocked American cities and the Vietnam War tragically escalated, the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte took over Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” for one whole week. With a guest list that included Bobby Kennedy and Aretha Franklin, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sidney Poitier, for five historic nights Belafonte introduced a fractured, changing country to itself. THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW tells that almost-forgotten story and how this historic week set the stage for the confluence of late-night and politics that we see today.

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The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show

A film by Yoruba Richen

2020

In early 1968, as riots rocked American cities and the Vietnam War tragically escalated, the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte took over Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” for one whole week. With a guest list that included Bobby Kennedy and Aretha Franklin, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sidney Poitier, for five historic nights Belafonte introduced a fractured, changing country to itself. THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW tells that almost-forgotten story and how this historic week set the stage for the confluence of late-night and politics that we see today.

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The Fight

A film by Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres

2020

At this defining moment in American history, THE FIGHT follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers in an electrifying battle over abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights.

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The Fight

A film by Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres

2020

At this defining moment in American history, THE FIGHT follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers in an electrifying battle over abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights.

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Down a Dark Stairwell

A film by Ursula Liang

2020

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. When he becomes the first NYPD officer convicted of an on duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes complicated, igniting one of the largest Asian-American protests in history and disrupting a legacy of solidarity.

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Down a Dark Stairwell

A film by Ursula Liang

2020

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. When he becomes the first NYPD officer convicted of an on duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes complicated, igniting one of the largest Asian-American protests in history and disrupting a legacy of solidarity.

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Words from a Bear

A film by Jeffrey Palmer

2019 - Arts, Culture and Media

Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose.

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Words from a Bear

A film by Jeffrey Palmer

2019 - Arts, Culture and Media

Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose.

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The Infiltrators

A film by Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra

2019

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the real -- and surreal -- story of a group of immigrants in America who got themselves apprehended by Border Patrol to 'infiltrate' secretive, for-profit detention centers and help other immigrants get free.

The Infiltrators

A film by Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra

2019

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the real -- and surreal -- story of a group of immigrants in America who got themselves apprehended by Border Patrol to 'infiltrate' secretive, for-profit detention centers and help other immigrants get free.

The Edge of Democracy

A film by Petra Costa

2019 - Democratic and Accountable Government

An epic tragedy of corruption and betrayal, The Edge of Democracy is a behind-the-scenes look at the ousting of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff. 

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The Edge of Democracy

A film by Petra Costa

2019 - Democratic and Accountable Government

An epic tragedy of corruption and betrayal, The Edge of Democracy is a behind-the-scenes look at the ousting of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff. 

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Always in Season

A film by Jacqueline Olive

2019 - Racial Justice

Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, NC. Despite inconsistencies in the case, local officials quickly ruled Lennon's death a suicide, but his mother, Claudia, believes he was lynched. Always in Season explores the lasting impact of lynchings and racial terrorism.

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Always in Season

A film by Jacqueline Olive

2019 - Racial Justice

Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, NC. Despite inconsistencies in the case, local officials quickly ruled Lennon's death a suicide, but his mother, Claudia, believes he was lynched. Always in Season explores the lasting impact of lynchings and racial terrorism.

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Softie

A film by Soko Sam

2019

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

 

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Softie

A film by Soko Sam

2019

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

 

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Crime + Punishment

A film by Stephen Maing

2018 - Racial Justice

Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistle blower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.

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Crime + Punishment

A film by Stephen Maing

2018 - Racial Justice

Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistle blower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.

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Roll Red Roll

A film by Nancy Schwartzman

2018 - Gender and Sexuality

The story of a football town divided, Roll Red Roll examines the aftermath of a sexual assault in small town America. With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, the film unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”

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Roll Red Roll

A film by Nancy Schwartzman

2018 - Gender and Sexuality

The story of a football town divided, Roll Red Roll examines the aftermath of a sexual assault in small town America. With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, the film unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”

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The Feeling of Being Watched

A film by Assia Boundaoui

2018 - Human Rights

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

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The Feeling of Being Watched

A film by Assia Boundaoui

2018 - Human Rights

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

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The Fourth Estate

A series by Liz Garbus

2018 - Democratic and Accountable Government

This documentary series about The New York Times in the Trump era illuminates critical issues facing journalism today. In this first episode, the first three months of Trump’s presidency tests the stamina of the political reporters at The New York Times as they adapt to a nonstop news cycle, an unpredictable White House, and the President calling them “the enemy of the people.”

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The Fourth Estate

A series by Liz Garbus

2018 - Democratic and Accountable Government

This documentary series about The New York Times in the Trump era illuminates critical issues facing journalism today. In this first episode, the first three months of Trump’s presidency tests the stamina of the political reporters at The New York Times as they adapt to a nonstop news cycle, an unpredictable White House, and the President calling them “the enemy of the people.”

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