Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival Resources

Thank you for joining us for Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival! We hope you enjoyed the films and programs—and that you are ready to take the next step by learning more or taking action.

To help, we've curated the list below—organized alphabetically by film or program:

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Black Boys

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Book: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Book: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
Book: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
Article: Meet Meet the Mothers of the Movement Speaking at the Democratic Convention, by Will Drabold, Time
Film: When They See Us (Dr Ava DuVernay, Netflix Limited Series )
Toolkit from the film Black Boys

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100 Black Men improves the quality of life within communities and enhances educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. ​

Frontlines of Justice is an online learning platform centered around social justice for teachers and students.

Innocence Project exonerates the innocent through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

My Brother's Keeper Alliance addresses persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latinx history, and global awareness.

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Breaking Fast

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Article: ‘Breaking Fast’ Follows Gay Muslim Man Looking For Love During Ramadan, by Curtis M. Wong, Huffpost

Article: Director Mike Mosallam Brings Gay Muslim Romance to the Screen in ‘Breaking Fast’ - by David Reddish, Queerty

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Muslim Public Affairs Council improves public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media, and communities.

Muslim Community Network uses civic education and leadership development to shape the public narrative about what it means to be Muslim in the US.

Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life.

Lambda Legal Cooperating Attorneys Network provides resources for callers to the Legal Help Desk who are seeking assistance on issues involving sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and/or HIV status in a specific practice area.

Out at the J at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan empowers and connects the LGBTQ Jewish community through social and cultural events, lectures, and support services. The JCC’s relationships with multiple partner groups enable us to serve a diverse community of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.

The Center provides programs for health, wellness, and community connection for NYC’s LGBTQ community.

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High Score

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Article: Filmmakers Making a Social Impact: Why and How Filmmakers Serena Ryen, Ethan Itzkow, and Hayley Hogan of Schmeh Films Are Helping to Change Our World, by Karina Michel Feld, Medium

Film: The Social Dilemma (Dir Jeff Orlowski, Netflix )

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ADL Center On Extremism monitors extremism across the ideological spectrum.

Center for Media and Social Impact is an innovation lab and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact.

Organization for Social Media Safety makes social media safe for everyone through education, advocacy, and technology development.

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Hungry to Learn

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Article: Many College Students Are Too Poor to Eat, by Adam Harris, The Atlantic

Book: Paying the Price, by Sara Goldrick-Rab

Article: Tuition or Dinner? Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry, by Kaya Laterman, The New York Times

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Freedge aims to reduce food insecurity and food waste, building a stronger community.

Hunger Free America enacts the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

Swipe Out Hunger partners with college campuses nationwide to end student hunger.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger alleviates hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services.

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Imagining the Indian

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The Ciesla Foundation produces documentaries that investigate non stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrate the untold stories of Jewish heroes.

Article: Atlanta Braves Honor Native Americans But Remain Mum on Tomahawk Chop, by Eric Jackson, Biz Journals

Article: These Native American Women Are Claiming the Space They Deserve in Art and History, by Amanda Ogle, Travel & Leisure

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IllumiNative supports the creation of authentic and contemporary Native stories and content in film, television, media, digital mediums, and entertainment. IllumiNative partners with Native peoples and allies to shift the national narrative.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble

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Film: Just Mercy (Dir Destin Daniel Cretton, WB Film )

The Good Trouble Handbook

The Nod Gimlet Podcast

John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Take Action:
Brennan Center for Justice works to build an America that is democratic, just, and free—for all.

Black Voters Matter Fund increases power in our communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny.

Common Cause New York empowers and protects the voice of the people in our political process by promoting equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all.

Participant produces entertainment with socially relevant themes.

Spread the Vote works to ensure that people have what they need to vote—especially IDs, and aims to increase voter participation by reaching out to communities and demographics that have faced barriers to the voting process.

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Los Hermanos/The Brothers

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Article: Part Teacher, Part Den Mother, a Composer Fosters Diversity, by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

Article: To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions, by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

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Sphinx Organization transforms lives through the power of diversity in the arts, fulfilling this mission through four main program areas: Education and Access; Artist Development; Performing Artists; and Arts Leadership.

Composers Diversity Collective - Exists to eliminate the industry’s challenge to find music creators of diverse backgrounds, and to increase our own awareness of each other

Cuban American Youth Orchestra promotes cultural diplomacy through collaboration, performance, and education of young American and Cuban musicians.

El Sistema USA supports and grows a nationwide movement of programs inspired by El Sistema to effect social change through music for children with the fewest resources and the greatest need.

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.

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Missing In Brooks County

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Article: How to Turn Anger and Fear into Political Power, by Alejandra Gomez and Tomás Robles, Jr., The New York Times

Academic Paper: The Understandings and Human Cost of “Prevention Through Deterrence,” as seen amongst advocates in the United States and Mexico, by Margaret Edwards, SIT Digital Collections

Operation Identification

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South Texas Human Rights Center: Donate

Harness Foundation builds inspiring campaigns that have changed the cultural landscape, tells stories to uplift the most vulnerable among us, and provides opportunities for inspiration and healing.

Make the Road New York provides a full range of services to 17,000 people each year, including legal representation in immigration, housing, and worker exploitation cases. Teaches English as a Second Language to 1,600 people annually, and has helped over 12,000 people gain US citizenship.

The New York Immigration Coalition advocates for the rights of all immigrants in New York State.

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project expands and enforces the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and combats public and private discrimination against them.

The Latinx House provides the space for artists, content creators, grassroots organizers, thought leaders and other supporters to address issues that impact the Latinx community and creative narratives that will shift culture.

Tell Congress: End Prevention Through Deterrence & Operation Streamline

Hispanic Federation seeks to empower and advance the Hispanic community, support Hispanic families, and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, & the environment.

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MLK/FBI

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Article: Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests, by Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker

Program: Justice in Action: Defund the Police? Thursday, February 4, 7:30 pm. Presented by The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Amid national outrage over the police killing of George Floyd last spring, "defund the police" became a rallying cry at protests across the country. What do these demands mean in practice? Join JCC Social Justice Activist in Residence Ruth Messinger and NYC Council Member Brad Lander for a virtual conversation on racial bias, police reform, and public safety featuring Edwin Raymond, a NYPD lieutenant who is currently a candidate for city council in NYC’s 40th district.

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Equal Justice Initiative commits to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

NAACP secures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

The King Center prepares global citizens to create a more just, humane, and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology.

Race and Racism Workshops for Early Childhood Education

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Nevertheless

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Article: Filmmakers Making a Social Impact: How Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Sarah Moshman Aims to Make the World a More Equal and Safe Place for Women, by Karina Michel Feld, Medium

Toolkit: Film Fatales

Podcast: Leaders Who Learn Podcast: The Portrayal of Women in America, by Claremont Lincoln University

Article: Using “Nevertheless” Documentary as a Prevention Education Tool for Sexual Harassment, by Meghna Bhat, Prevent Connect

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ACLU dares to create a more perfect union—beyond one person, party, or side, realizing this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees.

Better Brave combats sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace by empowering targets and allies with the necessary resources and tools.

National Council of Jewish Women turns progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

She Will Rise is an initiative of Demand Justice working to ensure greater equality in America by ensuring a Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time ever

Times Up insists upon a world where everyone is safe and respected at work,where women have an equal shot at success and security, and where no one lives in fear of sexual harassment or assault.

Women in Film offers resources and support to anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or misconduct while working in the entertainment industry.

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One Night in Miami

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Interview: " Being black in America requires emotional aerobics": Regina King on “Powder Keg Movie” One Night in Miami, by Steve Rose, The Guardian

1619 New York Times Podcast

Take Action:
Black Lives Matter Toolkit

Manifest Your Destiny Foundation passes along lessons to provide a foundation for young under-served teens to use as a launching pad to academic success.

New York Urban League empowers African Americans and other underserved communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services, and advocacy.

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Pursuing Justice: Strategies for Families Committed to Racial Justice

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Article: 10 tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race by Embrace Race

Article: How to Talk to Kids about Race from the Conscious Kid

Children’s Book: Shades of People by Shelly Rotner

Podcast: ATN - Teaching to Thrive - a podcast committed to sharing ideas that strengthen the everyday lives of Black and Brown students within our schools and communities.

Podcast - Nice White Parents - From Serial and the New York Times.Looks at the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.

Podcast: Seeing White - Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Resource List: The Mom Psychologist Booklist for parents and kids

Tool Kit: Talking to Young Children about Race and Racism from PBS Kids

Video: Let’s Talk Race Playlist by the Mom Psychologist

Video Series - Race: The Power of an Illusion - from Facing History and Ourselves

Video: How to Talk to Kids about Race - From the Atlantic - Author Jemar Tisby offers advice on how to have a conversation with children about race, from experiential learning to watching classic animated films.

Website: Woke Kindergarten

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Shared Legacies

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Resource List: Educational Resources to Learn and Support the Black and Jewish Communities —Curated by the film’s producers

Book: Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s by Marc Dollinger

Take Action:
JFREJ (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) is inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power.

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond builds an effective movement for social transformation.

SURJ NYC organizes white people for racial justice.

The Union for Reform Judaism strives to create a more whole, just, and compassionate world.

Bechol Lashon strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish people and experience around the globe.

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The Condor and the Eagle

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Article: The Rebirth of Red Power, by Nick Martin, New Republic

Article: Where We Stand on Climate, by Bill McKibben, The New Yorker

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Take Action:
350.org believes in a safe climate and a better future—a just, prosperous, and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people.

Hazon builds a movement that strengthens Jewish life and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable world for all.

Jewish Climate Action Network NYC believes in a just transition to a sustainable future through education, action, and advocacy.

The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest is a free, virtual, and collaborative festival by and for people who want to activate Jewish values to move the needle on climate change. Taking place Wed, Jan 27–Sun, Jan 31, 2021.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice builds healthy communities by ensuring that People of Color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.

EarthRights International combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.

Giniw Collective is an indigenous-women, 2-spirit led frontline resistance to protect our Mother, defend the sacred and live in balance. We stand unafraid. Prayers into action.

Honor the Earth uses indigenous wisdom, music, art, and the media to raise awareness and support for Indigenous Environmental Issues. We leverage this awareness and support to develop financial and political capital for Indigenous struggles for land and life.

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law

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The Sacrifice Zone

Learn More:
Resource List: The Sacrifice Zone - Environmental Justice Resources

Sacrifice Zone Discussion Guide

Strategic Framework for a Just Transition by Movement Generation

Take Action:
Food and Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. Food and Water Watch works to protect people’s health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Ironbound Community Corporation builds community by investing in children and families and organizing for justice.

NY Renews fights for good jobs and climate justice.