Raising Social Consciousness Through Film: A Cinema Series Addressing Moral Issues, via Zoomsponsored by the Social Action Committee
RAISING SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH FILM 3.0: A Cinema Series Addressing Moral Issues
Watch the films on your own—all available on Netflix— before the discussion date, and then approximately every two weeks, we will gather via Zoom to discuss the film.
Elie Weisel so eloquently said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
On the heels of two very successful film discussion series, the Temple B’nai Abraham Social Action Committee presents a third iteration! Four of the documentaries we will watch are very recent, with one from 2017. All address pressing issues in the realm of social consciousness and social justice.
The list of films, descriptions, and subsequent Zoom discussion dates can be found below. We hope you join us for these spirited and important conversations! Register below.↓
RUST: how to break the chains of poverty in US inner cities
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“Rust.” A film detailing Rust Belt poverty in U.S. inner cities, using Newark as microcosm. The filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno will be present for the discussion. In 86 minutes, RUST documentary film presents the history of Rust Belt poverty, detailing industrialization and deindustrialization, and racism and mass incarceration, using the city of Newark, New Jersey as a microcosm. It explores solutions to inner city poverty through the voices of scholars, economists, physicians, activists, and the community. RUST is the third documentary by Emmy-nominated, award-winning filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno in their 3Rs Trilogy on Urban America, following the success of critically acclaimed, award-winning, national PBS broadcast REVOLUTION ’67 (2007) on riots/rebellions of the 1960s www.Revolution67.com and THE RULE (2014) www.TheRuleFilm.com on urban school reform
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET (2020)
Narrated by David Attenborough, the film acts as a “witness statement”, through which Attenborough shares first-hand his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity’s impact on nature and his hopes for the future. (83 minutes, Netflix)
AUDRIE & DAISY (2016)
The documentary centers around two teenage girls from two different parts of the country who both pass out while intoxicated at high school parties and are sexually assaulted by boys they had considered to be friends. As they attempt to deal with the trauma they’ve just experienced, the girls end up facing a great deal of online harassment in the wake of their assaults. On the surface, online bullying may not seem like a feminist issue, but the mistreatment of women in real life and online is a very real threat, as Audrie & Daisy shows. (95 minutes, Netflix)
CRACK: COCAINE, CORRUPTION & CONSPIRACY (2021)
In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami, ravaging all in its wake. Decades later, the destructive effects on people’s lives, families and communities are still deeply felt. Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy examines not only the personal devastation caused by the drug, but also the shadowy origins of the crisis and the resultant, ongoing marginalization of Black and Brown people trapped by the U.S. prison and healthcare systems. (89 minutes, Netflix)
Administrative duties are only one dimension of Musa Hadid’s job as mayor of Ramallah, the de facto capital and cultural center of the Palestinian State. Aside from putting out fires, sometimes literally, in a town with a large Christian population—a fact that may jump at those with reductive views of the fragmented country’s religious demographics—he also acts as ambassador for his people’s cause abroad.
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a 2020 American documentary film, directed and produced by Sam Feder. The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture. “Disclosure engrossingly illuminates the history and effects of the way transgender lives are portrayed on screen—and outlines how much progress still needs to be made.” (100 minutes, Netflix)
Based on a 2008 novel by Hillary Jordan, Mudbound is the story of two families: one white, one Black. The McAllans and their young daughters are new to the unwelcoming landscape of a Mississippi farming town; all Laura sees are desolate wet fields and dirt. (“I dreamed in brown,” she muses, in a voice-over throbbing with quiet desperation.) The Jacksons and their children are sharecroppers on the farm Henry has impulsively bought. These two households, warily eyeing each other, have something else in common: a family member just home from the war. Henry’s brother Jamie and the Jacksons’ oldest son Ronsel, both still literally trembling from the battlefield, forge something resembling friendship, even as they note the very different welcome the town gives them. (134 minutes, Netflix)