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Stories of what is true, just, and good help us discover and recover the “better angels of our nature,” as President Abraham Lincoln shared in his famed Cooper Union address. With our partners, we advance authentic narratives of honor, beauty, and redemption, to advance the good in our community and country

Together with our partners, we’ve developed or promoted the following projects:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas.

Check it out – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws

In Massachusetts, the Know-Nothing amendments prevent more than 100,000 urban families with children in chronically underperforming districts from receiving scholarship vouchers that would grant additional educational alternatives. Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws is a powerful story on the nativist bigotry at the core of the anti-school choice movement.

Check it out – Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws

Emanuel

On June 17, 2015, national headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers gunned down during prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, Emanuel is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.

Check it out – Emanuel

The Pursuit

Professional musician turned intrepid economist Arthur Brooks travels around the globe in search of an answer to the question: How can we lift up the world together, starting with those at the margins of society? His journey takes him through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, a town in Kentucky left behind by the global economy, a homeless shelter in New York, a street protest in Barcelona, and a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Along the way, he discovers the secrets not only to material progress for the least fortunate, but also true and lasting happiness for all.

Check it out – The Pursuit

Animal Mash-Up

Goats, alpacas, and sheep in school together for the very first time? How will that work? With Mr. Hoof’s plan, perhaps the animals will find they have more in common than they thought. *Winner of American Book Fest’s 2018 Best Children’s Picture Book Award*

Buy it here – Animal Mash-Up

The Psalms

Imagine being a fly on the wall in the kitchen where Bono, the world-famous front man of U2, and Eugene Peterson, pastor and translator of “The Message,” sat around the table talking about the Psalms. What would it be like to hear the unlikely friends discussing when they first heard the Psalms, and why they love them? Fascinating, right?

Check it out – The Psalms

Mitt

In his film Mitt, director Greg Whiteley tracks U.S. presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from 2006 and his first effort to win the Republican nomination, through the 2012 elections. The documentary, with the tagline “Whatever side you’re on, see another side,” is an intimate portrait revealing the man behind the sound bites in a view the public rarely glimpsed during the media frenzy of a national campaign. Mitt premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Netflix.

Check it out – Mitt

And Then I Go

In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school daily, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. Based on the acclaimed novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard, this unflinching look at adolescence explores how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death.

Check it out – And Then I Go

Partners

The Justice Film Festival inspires justice seekers by presenting films of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in their issues and geography. For more information, visit www.justicefilmfest.com

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