Past Screening

Alfreda’s Cinema Presents: MOVE: Confrontation in Philadelphia

Directed by Karen Pomer & Jane Mancini

Q&A with Pomer, Ramona Africa, and Janine Africa, moderated by Melissa Lyde

An award-winning documentary filmed during the August 8, 1978, siege of the MOVE organization’s home by Philadelphia police.

Last available Mar 29 2021

Past Screening

Creatively Speaking Presents: Namibia: Independence Now!

Directed by Christine Choy; Producer: Pearl Bowser

Q&A with Choy, JT Takagi, Al Santana & Lisa Collins

A doc examining how exiled Namibians—especially the women—worked to free their country from South African exploitation.

Last available Apr 10 2021

Past Screening

City Hall

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Wiseman’s latest film shows the efforts by the Boston city government, led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, to address racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, homelessness, and support for seniors, immigrants, and veterans. Plus, a Q&A with Wiseman.

Last available Jan 27 2021

Past Screening

State Legislature

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Wiseman’s film follows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature during an entire session, as lobbyists, lawmakers, and their constituents debate the concerns of the electorate on issues that range from school violence to the deregulation of telephone rates.

Last available Feb 3 2021

Past Screening

Monrovia, Indiana

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

A complex and nuanced exploration of a small town in mid-America (population 1,063) that illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity, and authenticity are formed, experienced, and lived alongside conflicting stereotypes.

Last available Feb 10 2021

Past Screening

Do Not Split

Directed by Anders Hammer

The director, activist Joy Ming King, and a subject from the movie appear for a panel discussion moderated by Steve Maing after a screening of this doc short that takes us within the heart of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, capturing the determination and sacrifices of the city’s youth.

Last available Jan 18 2021

Past Screening

MLK/FBI

Directed by Sam Pollard

 The first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is based on newly discovered and declassified files as well as revelatory restored footage.

Last available Jan 14 2021

Past Screening

Sam Pollard Selects:
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson

A treasure trove of interviews with Black Power movement leaders was found 30 years later and brought to light in this doc.

Last available Jan 15 2021

Past Screening

From the Other Side

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Mixing evocative landscapes with interviews with the families of immigrants, American sheriffs, fearful locals, and advocates, Akerman’s documentary explores the border between the United States and Mexico.

Last available Feb 4 2021

Past Screening

South

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Akerman’s haunting meditation on the American South focuses on the killing of Black family man James Byrd, Jr., who was beaten by three white men, chained to their truck, and dragged three miles in Jasper, Texas.

Last available Feb 4 2021

Past Screening

With Drawn Arms

Directed by Glenn Kaino & Afshin Shahidi

An intimate doc telling the story of Tommie Smith, the gold medalist famous for raising one fist at the ’68 Olympics medal ceremony in protest of racial inequality. Followed by a new conversation with Smith, the directors, John Legend, and Jesse Williams.

Last available Dec 10 2020

Past Screening

Free Voice of Labor:
The Jewish Anarchists

Directed by Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher

Seen through the eyes of the sweatshop workers who made up the Jewish anarchist movement, this astonishing portrait of immigrant life in the U.S. features interviews, archival photos and newsreel footage, excerpts from old motion pictures, and Yiddish songs and poems.

Last available Nov 18 2020