DOC NYC Fight the Power
BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST (pictured above)
Director: Sean Gallagher
In the fall of 1992, despite efforts to recruit minority students, SUNY Oneonta set off a firestorm of controversy that led to the longest litigated civil-rights case in US history.
Expected to attend: Sean Gallagher
Director: Pamela Yates
Recognizing the persistence of income inequality in South America, a group of activist economists join together to offer an alternative path to eliminating poverty.
Expected to attend: Pamela Yates, producer Paco de Onis
DIVIDE IN CONCORD
Directors: Kris Kaczor & David Regos
A feisty octogenarian, concerned about the environmental impact of our disposable culture, is on a mission to ban the local sale of plastic bottled water, facing off against her celebrity publicist-turned-pundit nemesis.
Expected to attend: Kris Kaczor, David Regos, film subjects Jill Appel and Janet Rothrock
Director: Thomas G Miller
A poignant portrait of four decades of devotion despite overwhelming odds, this film follows a transnational LGBT couple’s immigration battle.
Expected to attend: Thomas G Miller
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY
Director: Mary Dore
Through a treasure trove of archival material and profiles of several outspoken pioneers of the women’s movement, we revisit the remarkable eruption of activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s that signaled the arrival of modern feminism.
Expected to attend: Mary Dore, film subjects Marlene Sanders, Alix Kates Shulman, Karla Jay and Nona Willis Aronowitz
SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA
Director: Abby Ginzberg
At the height of apartheid, noted South African activist, author and attorney Albie Sachs was driven into exile, yet still faced threats to his life that cost him dearly.
Expected to attend: Abby Ginzberg, film subject Albie Sachs
Why You Should Attend:
While social issues are often at the core of nonfiction, these selections not only highlight injustices, but those who have made it their mission to make a difference. This new section highlights a range of inspirational activists and the inequities they combat, from institutionalized racism and racial profiling by governments, police, and university officials to the persistence of poverty, from environmental pollution to inequality for women and same-sex couples.
Several of the filmmakers have also shown a deep commitment to social justice not only in these projects but in previous work:
Sean Gallagher received a commendation from SUNY Oneonta for Artistic Contribution to Social Justice, while his film’s official presenter, filmmaker Jonathan Demme, has been an outspoken supportive of several progressive social and political causes, as evidenced by films like I’M CAROLYN PARKER and PHILADELPHIA.
Among her other work, Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, WHEN THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE, detailing the persecution of the Mayan people by Guatemala’s military government, was a key factor in providing evidence against the country’s former dictator, Ríos Montt, as demonstrated in her 2011 follow-up, GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR.
Thomas G Miller previously has produced two documentaries exploring LGBT themes: Arthur Dong’s Sundance award-winning LICENSED TO KILL, about hate-motivated cases of murder against gay people; and Larry Grimaldi and Kirk Marcolina’s CAMP OUT, focused on a Summer camp for gay Christian youth.
Mary Dore tackled another social movement in her earlier film, THE GOOD FIGHT, which detailed the involvement of an American Communist militia in fighting against Franco’s fascist government. Producer Nancy Kennedy served as a co-producer on Daniel Karslake’s FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, an examination of the way the religious right has selectively used scripture to scapegoat the LGBT community. Executive Producer Pamela Tanner Boll served in the same role for the Oscar-winning BORN INTO BROTHELS.
Chronicling Albie Sachs’ story is only the latest in Abby Ginzberg’s career focusing on stories about social justice. Other projects have included profiles on civil rights attorney Arthur Kinoy (DOING JUSTICE), federal judge Thelton Henderson (SOUL OF JUSTICE), California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso (CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE), and African American college students fighting for civil rights on campus, AGENTS OF CHANGE.
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