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Justice Forum

Justice ForumThe intent of the Justice Forum is to facilitate active and critical engagement, create space for dialogue, and sow the seeds for social change. Each Justice Forum film is paired with a panel of speakers including filmmakers, experts in the field, academics, and community activists. 

The seventh annual Justice Forum films encompass a broad range of social justice issues, from reproductive rights to food security.

George Kurian | 
Norway |
 2015 | 
55 minutes

The lives of a group of Syrian refugees are thrown into turmoil as they attempt to flee across the sea from Egypt to Europe.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 6:30pm
Friedrich Moser | 
Austria |
 2015 | 
100 minutes

William Binney, an ex-NSA intelligence official turned whistleblower, offers us a unique window into the shadowy world of government security systems.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 1:30pm
Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel | 
 2016 | 
91 minutes

Seed stock diversity is profoundly threatened by the mechanisms of unfettered capitalism. Monetized, hybridized, and, most critically, trademarked and patented by large corporations, the genetic variance of our most common food crops is critically threatened.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 6:30pm
Dawn Porter | 
 2015 | 
83 minutes

When State Senator Wendy Davis took to the floor of the Texas legislature and filibustered for 11 hours straight, the moment grabbed media attention around the globe. Davis’s impassioned stand on the right of women to safe and legal healthcare was part of a much larger struggle. In Texas, the doctors and nurses who provide family planning services, everything from pregnancy tests to STI information and access to abortion, face a daily fight, not only from anti-choice protestors who harass staff and abuse patients, but more critically, from their own government.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
Justin Schein and David Mehlman | 
 2015 | 
85 minutes

In the 1960s, Mayer Vishner was part of the counterculture movement and was actively involved with Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, legendary pranksters who levitated the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War, disrupted the Democratic National Convention in 1968, and employed absurdity as a tool for revolution and change.

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:45pm
Adam Larsen | 
 2015 | 
58 minutes

Adam Larsen’s film follows four different families who are caring for a child with disabilities: Craig and Hannah; Claire and Sophie; Ramona, Harry, and Melvin; Marina and Gregory. As Ramona states at the beginning of the film, “I see it as a disability myself now, that inability to accept disability.” Larsen’s film is intelligent and clear about the struggles these parents face.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
Jakob Brossmann | 
Austria/Italy/Switzerland |
 2015 | 
93 minutes

A broken down ferry, an isolated island, a group of angry fishermen, and an influx of trapped refugees... This might sound like the beginnings of a thriller, but the situation is real. This is the challenging predicament for the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 6:30pm
John Zaritsky | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
78 minutes

“The worst drug disaster in history would spread through 46 countries and produce up to 20,000 badly deformed babies.” So begins John Zaritsky’s new film that follows a group of people who were among the first to be affected by Thalidomide.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
Min Sook Lee | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
90 minutes

In Leamington, Ontario, greenhouse food production is a billion dollar industry. It is also an industry that is highly dependent on thousands of migrant workers from Mexico, Jamaica, and Southeast Asia. For many farm workers, the dream of a well-paying job becomes a nightmare when they are deceived into paying outrageous fees to brokers and recruiters.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
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