SEP 12- SEP 20th 2020 | For Our People Film Fest, sponsored by Final Draft and SIMA Studios, showcases films from up-and-coming black filmmakers that have poured their talent, resources, and passion into stories about and for the black community. Featured themes: Black Womxn, Black Youth, Black LGBTQIA+, Black Mental Health, and Black Love. For Our People amplifies Black filmmakers and Black non-profits for our communities to enjoy and support.
death, me, dying tree is a nationwide community service project and documentary that explores, unburdens, and cleanses our cultural relationship with death. We curate free public events where all can mourn the ongoing destruction and natural death in the modern world while being offered tools to bring joy and love into this essential process.
ROUGH CUT | After being released from death row, Curtis McCarty has discovered that the fear of living is harder to conquer than the fear of dying. A Declaration Of Love brings into sharp focus what happens on a very intimate level to someone who survives the experience of being on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
Agents Of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to protests, revealing how unprepared these institutions were when confronted by demands for black studies programs, safer housing; fairer judicial proceedings and changes to democratize the institutions.
Presented by US EMBASSY SINGAPORE
What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting multiethnic autistic teens and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
Presented by Human Rights Watch Chicago
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.
Hosted by UN WOMEN LA
Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art, and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, Nefertiti’s Daughters spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti places her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedoms in Egypt today.
SLAY THE DRAGON
Presented by Human Rights Watch Los Angeles
In an election year like this one where life literally hangs in the balance for so many Americans – there is no time left to stand on the sidelines. Be inspired heading into this election season by following an all-volunteer led team as they organize themselves to stand up to the establishment AND WIN as they fight to curb gerrymandering: The act of drawing district lines to lock in partisan advantage. Slay the Dragon chronicles the civic grit turning the tide in the battle for US democracy.
ONE DAY AFTER PEACE
Directed by Erez Laufer
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? Born in South Africa during the Apartheid era, Robi attempts to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her son while he was serving in the Israeli Army. After facing rejection, she embarks on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s TRC in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.
Directed by John Rowe
In the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, there lives an ancient ancestral belief of the Mingi curse. Any child born with the distinction of Mingi is to be killed. Meet the local tribesman determined to end the Mingi forever. Scarred by murders he saw as a child in his own village, an educated young tribesman vows to bring about an end to the tribal practice of killing children who are considered cursed.
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year
Directed by Saeed Taji Farouky & Michael McEvoy
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year follows a unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the course of their first year of fighting in the Helmand province without NATO support. This intimate and humanist film explores a largely unheard and misrepresented perspective, revealing the deep personal motivations, desires and struggles of a band of fighting men on the front line. Without a NATO soldier in sight, and no narrative but their own, this is the war in Afghanistan, through the eyes of the Afghans who live it.
Frame By Frame
Directed by Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli
After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.
Directed by Kathleen Gyllenhaal
IN UTERO is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st century – the environmental impact on pregnancy and its lasting imprint on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. Fetal origins experts, research scientists, psychologists, doctors and midwives – as well as examples from popular culture and mythology – collectively demonstrate how our experiences in utero shape our future.
FUTURE MY LOVE
Directed by Maja Borg
FUTURE MY LOVE is a unique love story challenging our collective and personal utopias in search of freedom. At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco. How much freedom are we prepared to give to the ones we love? And how much responsibility are we ready to take for our society?