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Raising Social Consciousness Through Film 4.0

A Cinema Series Addressing Moral Issues

RAISING SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH FILM 4.0: A Cinema Series Addressing Moral Issues

Building on the success of three popular film discussion series, the Temple B’nai Abraham Social Action Committee presents a fourth iteration! Three of the documentaries we will watch are very recent, with one from 2018. All address pressing issues in the realm of social consciousness and social justice. Watch the films on your own — three are available on Netflix, one is available on the free streaming service TUBI — before the discussion date; we will gather via Zoom approximately every two weeks to discuss the films.

You will find the list of films, descriptions, and subsequent Zoom discussion dates below. We hope you join us for these spirited and important conversations!

There is no charge to attend. RSVP to tbainfo@tbanj.org with your name and which dates/movies you’ll be joining the Zoom call.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021, 7:30 PM
(2020, 94 mins, NETFLIX)

Made You LookFilmmaker Barry Avrich (David Foster: Off the Record, Prosecuting Evil) explores how one of the most respected art galleries in New York City became the center of the largest art fraud in American history and was ultimately forced to close after 165 years. Knoedler & Company, under its president, Ann Freedman, made millions selling previously unseen works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and others that had supposedly come from a secret collection. But when her prestigious clients discovered they had purchased fakes, the scandal rocked the art world. Avrich secured unprecedented access to Freedman, her clients, and other key players for the documentary.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021, 7:30 PM
THE LAST DAYS (1998, 2021; 87 minutes, Netflix)

The Last DaysA documentary, directed by James Moll and produced by June Beallor and Kenneth Lipper, along with Steven Spielberg as one of the executive producers, the film tells the stories of five Hungarian Jews during the Shoah. It focuses on the horrors of life in the Nazi concentration camps, but also stresses the optimism and desire to survive of the survivors.

The film won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It was remastered and released worldwide on Netflix on May 19, 2021.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021, 7:30 PM

This Changes EverythingFilmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international nonfiction bestseller, This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2021, 7:30 PM (Note date)
ATHLETE A (2020, 94 mins, NETFLIX)

Athlete AAthlete A is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. The documentary follows a team of investigative journalists from The Indianapolis Star as they broke the story of Dr. Larry Nassar sexually assaulting young female gymnasts, and the subsequent allegations that engulfed USA Gymnastics and its then-CEO Steve Penny.



Thank you to Myrna Wertheimer for suggesting several of these films.

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