Revolutionary Optimists

"Activism In Progress" tells the stories of activists creating change in their cities across the globe. This unique new slate of documentaries will offer viewers the opportunity to see how immigration, environmental and social activists fight for the rights and lives of their fellow citizens.

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Dirty Gold War

Dirty Gold War

A fable about the gold industry, an excursion behind the scenes of this very prosperous sector. On one end of the spectrum, there are the sparkling displays in jewellery shop windows and the luxury industry itself, on the other end there is the condition of those damned by dirty gold, from the Indians to the activists who fight against this murky cartel. A film that transforms the viewer's perspective about this business and makes a contribution to the necessary discussion in favour of more ethically responsible gold.

  • 2017-11-18T10:00:00-08:00
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Daughters of the Forest

Daughters of the Forest

"Daughters of the Forest" tells the powerful, uplifting story of a small group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth who attend a radical high school — Centro Educativo Mbaracayú (CEM) — where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves. Set in the untamed wilds of the Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay, this intimate verité documentary offers a rare glimpse of a disappearing world where timid girls grow into brave young women even as they are transformed by their unlikely friendships with one another.

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City Dark

City Dark

"The City Dark" is a feature documentary about the loss of night. After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question: Do we need the stars? This question takes him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris, and beyond.

  • 2017-11-26T09:00:00-08:00
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5 Broken Cameras

5 Broken Cameras

“5 Broken Cameras” is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over six years of village upheaval.

  • 2017-12-04T15:00:00-08:00
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Heather Booth: Changing The World

Heather Booth: Changing The World

A film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin traces the ongoing legacy of activist and community organizer Heather Booth. In telling the story of Heather’s life and work, the film presents an overview of 50 years of the progressive movement, as well as a manual on how to become an organizer.

  • 2017-12-07T14:30:00-08:00
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Poverty, Inc

Poverty, Inc

Fascinating analysis of how the over-reliance on aid charities inhibits real local economic growth in the developing world (Haiti, Ghana, Rwanda), and how NGOs profit from the "global poverty industry", creating a new type of economic colonialism.

  • 2017-12-09T15:00:00-08:00
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Fierce Green Fire

Fierce Green Fire

An exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Ashley Judd.

  • 2017-12-17T15:00:00-08:00
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