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The Justice Film Festival

Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

November 2 - 4, 2018

The Justice Film Festival inspires justice seekers by presenting films of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in their issues and geography. The sixth annual Justice Film Festival will return to the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture November 2-4, 2018  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.

This year, the first 50 people who purchase a $40 Festival Pass will receive tickets to the Opening Night on Thursday, November 1. Details below. Purchase a $40 pass to all screenings here:

Thurs., November 1 – Opening Night (Session 1) 

Short – #iChooseHope (Running Time 8:50)

This year’s opening feature is a surprise, a special advance look at a documentary coming to theaters in 2019 about race, reconciliation and redemption — a story of grace in the midst of tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina where nine African American worshippers were murdered … in church.
(50 people who purchase a $40 Festival Pass will receive tickets to the Opening Night)

Fri., November 2 – 7:00PM (Session 2)

ShortClosure (Running Time 14:07)

Social Animals
A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a midwest girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts–a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame–and they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an observational eye Social Animals peeks into the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager, where followers, likes and comments mark success and self worth. (Running Time 1:26)

Film contains mature themes and strong language.

Sat., November 3 – 3:00PM (Session 3)  – All Shorts

Anumasa (Running Time 33:44)
Experience the heartbreaking and largely unknown period of history that preceded the West African middle passage slave trade to the Americas. An important part of history that deserves a closer look.  

Claire McKenna (Running Time 13:22)
After years of isolating and degrading herself through addictive behavior, a young woman hits bottom by feeding a heroine habit while trespassing in an empty apartment, waiting anxiously to meet her parole officer.

Salaam B’y (Running Time 20:29)
As a Muslim child of Pakistani immigrants, Newfoundland became an unlikely home for Aatif. This cold, isolated island in the Atlantic ocean is a reminder of what can happen when a community welcomes newcomers with open arms.

Seared (Running Time 8:25)
Beaten by a life of injustice and crime, a young man’s plan to end it all turns into a life of renewed hope and a passionate career as a chef.

Pikala Binata (Running Time 11:22)
Follow a group of bicycle enthusiasts in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco to combat the social stigmas of bicycles in their country and bring to light the achievements of a group of diverse and passionate people united by their love of biking.

American Beat (Running Time 26:51)
Since the 1970s, thousands of refugees have started new lives in Idaho. Meet three people whose stories rise above the divisive politics of immigration and experience a portrait of Boise, which shows refugees from war-ravaged parts of the world that a united community can conquer tragedy and hate.

Sat., November 3 – 7:00PM (Session 4)

ShortAbstraction (Running Time 15:46)

Intelligent Lives

The film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. (Running Time 1:10)

Sun., November 4 – 3:00PM (Session 5)

Short – Blink (Running Time 3:45)

Into The Okavango

A passionate conservation biologist brings together a river bushman fearful of losing his past and a young scientist uncertain of her future on an epic, four-month expedition across three countries, through unexplored and dangerous landscapes, in order to save the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last pristine wildernesses. (Running Time 1:28)

Sun., November 4 – 7:00PM (Session 6)

Short – Milk & Honey (Running Time 14:02

The Heart of Nuba

In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, while the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people. (Running Time 1:25)

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