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The Justice Film Festival

Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

November 13-16, 2019


$15 each screening

$40 for a Festival Pass for all screenings

The Justice Film Festival inspires justice seekers by presenting films of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in their issues and geography. The seventh annual Justice Film Festival will return to the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture November 13-16, 2019  As always, this year’s event will include feature films, documentaries, and shorts from both well-known and emerging filmmakers that shine a light on social justice.

Please note: Screening times and films subject to change.

Tickets: $15 for each screening or $40 for all screenings with a Festival Pass

Buy a Festival Pass for $40

Wednesday, November 13 @ 6pm

Dark Waters

Screening at:

Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston St

Reserve Tickets for Dark Waters

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth. Directed by Todd Haynes, the film co-stars Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins.

A post-screening conversation with Rob Bilott, the real-life inspiration for the film, follows.

Thursday, November 14 @ 7pm

First Reformed
with Writer/Director Paul Schrader

Loretto Theater

Buy Tickets for First Reformed

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence.

After the screening, there will be a conversation with writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction; Raging Bull) on his film.

Friday, November 15 @ 1pm

The Pursuit
Studio Theater

Buy Tickets for The Pursuit

In The Pursuit, professional musician turned intrepid economist, Arthur Brooks travels around the globe in search of an answer to the question: How can we lift up the world, starting with those at the margins of society? His journey takes him through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, a town in Kentucky left behind by the global economy, a homeless shelter in New York, a street protest in Barcelona, and a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Along the way, he discovers the secrets not only to material progress for the least fortunate, but also true and lasting happiness for all.

Grades 9-12 and up

Friday, November 15 @ 3pm

Skid Row Marathon 

Loreto Theater

Buy Tickets for Skid Row Marathan

A criminal court judge starts a running club on L.A.’s notorious Skid Row. The club’s members, comprised of homeless drug addicts, a recovering single mom, and a paroled murderer, consider themselves among those least likely to succeed. As they train together to run in international marathons, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn, they learn to dream big as they are re-acquainted with their own dignity.

Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.

Friday, November 15 @ 7pm


Loreto Theater

Buy Tickets for Hesburgh

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., longtime president of Notre Dame, was a formidable Catholic leader at a tumultuous time in our nation’s history. This documentary explores his role in advancing the causes of peace and equal rights for all people alongside 20th century giants.

Saturday, November 16 @ 1pm

Shorts Program

Loreto Theater

Buy Tickets for the Shorts Program

Join us for powerful short films that examine timely moral issues and represent diverse cinematic voices related by shared affirmations of the dignity of every human person, through a lens of conscience and compassion.


Lost and Found
For While
Turn It Around
Restored: Stories of Encounter
Ashes to Ashes (New York Premiere)
This Is My Home (New York Premiere)
He’s Still Fast
Hard to Place

Saturday, November 16 @ 7pm

Free Burma Rangers

Loreto Theater

 World Premiere

Buy Tickets for Free Burma Rangers

Free Burma Rangers is a documentary film about a family who risks everything to bring hope to the front lines of war.  It’s the incredible 20-year story of David and Karen Eubank and their mission to free the oppressed.

Additional Performances:


Next Performance Date:
November 15
3:00 PM
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The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Office: (212) 219-3132

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