What’s the condition of democracy in the world today? Who belongs? How are people shaping and defending it? Although times are turbulent, the 2018 Social Justice Film Festival seeks to find the bright moments. The festival will showcase films and people who embody hope and resilience during today’s whiplash times.
This year’s screenings will fill in the national and local picture on immigration, Native American rights, Black Lives Matter, prisoner justice, and more. The festival will host several screenings with community groups and activists, including:
Black Lives Matter: On October 6, the Northwest African American Museum will co-host a day of films, including the documentary My People Are Rising. This film profiles the story of Seattle activist Aaron Dixon who dedicated his life to revolution and founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age 19. The Black Panther Party celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Native American Voices: On October 13, the Duwamish Longhouse will co-host a block of films on Native American and indigenous rights. Visitors will tour the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and learn the living history of the Duwamish people—on whose ancestral land Seattle stands today.