The Seattle-based Social Justice Film Festival, founded in 2009, touts a mission “to support activist filmmakers.” This year, the festival is available online for viewers across the country.
Starting October 7, and running through October 17, this year’s program features over 50 films, with panel discussions on “Prisoner Justice and the Art of Social Justice Film” and “Black Lives Matter and Art as Activism.”
The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has sponsored film sections on “Reclaiming the Land,” “Indigenous Futures” and “What’s Past is Prologue.”
A section of films under the category “Healing Together,” is sponsored by the Unemployment Law Project. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Labor and V-Art have jointly sponsored a “Queer Voices” section. Other sections include “Institutional Racism,” sponsored by the street newspaper Real Change and University Congregational United Church of Christ, “Seeking Hope, Crossing Borders,” sponsored by the San Francisco Film School, “This is MY Space: Disability Rights at the Center,” “Black Lives Matter and the Art of Activism,” sponsored by ACLU-WA, UHeights and Solid Ground, and another titled “Another World is Possible: Celebrating Each Other.” (Full disclosure: the author of this article has a film being screened in the festival.)
For a full list of sponsors and film sections, check out the program.
This year’s festival is titled “Activate | Refuge.” The festival’s director, Aurora Martin, told WOHM, “This year, we found that the seemingly oppositional themes of ACTIVATE and REFUGE are powerfully demonstrated by the independent and first-time filmmakers who share their stories of bearing witness to injustice, movement building, showing courage and finding voice, and still sharing human happiness in the difficulty of daily suffering.”
Check out the trailer for this year’s fest: