Keyword: social issues

S#x Acts

S#x Acts (2011)

Rated: None Runtime: 96 minutes Release date: 11/29/2011
Naïve Israeli teen Gili changes schools and is determined to improve her social status by hooking up with the most popular guys. But as she pushes her own limits with every new encounter - offering a succession of sexual favors and allowing herself to be photographed and filmed- the line of consent begins to blur.
Lincoln

Lincoln (2012)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 149 minutes Release date: 11/08/2012
In the final four months of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency, the full measure of the man came to bear on his defining battle: to plot a forward path for a shattered nation, against overwhelming odds and extreme public and personal pressure. In an act of true national daring, Lincoln exerts enormous political will to end the Civil War, not merely by ending the battle but by fighting to pass...
Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Rated: PG Runtime: 108 minutes Release date: 03/04/2010
While 19-year-old Alice is attending a party, she sees a white rabbit with a pocket watch go into the bushes and follows him. She falls down a rabbit hole that leads to Underland, where she is reunited with her childhood friends, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter. All of the residents of Underworld are searching for...
Elysium

Elysium (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 109 minutes Release date: 08/08/2013
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine, man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce...
Help

The Help (2011)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 137 minutes Release date: 08/09/2011
At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss, and her mother won't be happy until she finds a husband. Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker, suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen's sassy best friend, struggles to...

Juvies (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 66 minutes Release date: 07/03/2014
A century ago, the juvenile justice system was established to offer kids a chance at rehabilitation by keeping them out of the adult prison system. In the last decade, the number of young people in adult prisons has tripled. Here the filmmaker looks into the eyes and souls of children prosecuted and imprisoned as adult criminals.
Dir: Leslie Neale
With: N/A
Spirit of '45

The Spirit of '45 (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 03/14/2013
1945 was a pivotal year in British history. After defeating fascism, the people of Britain sought a more equal society in which the elites did not control all the resources and the working classes had access to healthcare, housing and social care. Under a newly elected Labour Government led by Clement Atlee and spearheaded by visionary Health Minister Aneurin "Nye" Bevan, a new Britain was created...
Life of a King

Life of a King (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 101 minutes Release date: 01/16/2014
The true story of one man's sacrifice to give inner city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had--a future. After being in prison for twenty years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club in 1991 to get kids off the streets and working towards something they never dreamed of--going to college.
Super Size Me

Super Size Me (2004)

Rated: None Runtime: 98 minutes Release date: 05/06/2004
Why are Americans so fat? Two words: fast food. What would happen if you ate nothing but fast food for an entire month? Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just that and embarks on the most perilous journey of his life. The rules? For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's menu; he must wolf three squares a day; he must consume everything on the menu at least once and supersize...
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 150 minutes Release date: 11/21/2013
Sriram Venkat is a shallow guy who doesn't value relationships, family, friends, life or even his own country. He once had a passionate relationship with ex-girlfriend Dia Sharma, a firebrand social activist who wanted to change the world. What began as a physical attraction turned into a deeply emotional one, but their ideological differences eventually drove them apart. Now, however, Sriram...
Dear White People

Dear White People (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 106 minutes Release date: 10/16/2014
A witty and whip-smart satire about being a black face in a (mostly) white place, the movie centers on biracial campus DJ and resident advisor Samantha and her fellow African-American students at the prestigious Winchester University.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 90 minutes Release date: 05/22/2014
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, this is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best-including filmmaker/nephew...
Dir: Nicholas Wrathall
With: N/A
Band of Sisters

Band of Sisters (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 88 minutes Release date: 01/16/2014
Two nuns advocate for the rights of immigrant detainees and deportees in and around a Chicago-area deportation center. It is 50 years since Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council to let a little fresh air into the church, and most Catholic nuns in the U.S. have never looked back. Fascinating scenes of convent life prior to Vatican II contrast with those of nuns in the tumultuous and...
Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1992)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 199 minutes Release date: 11/17/1992
Biographical drama on the life of the late Malcolm X, who was assassinated on February 21, 1965.
Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 101 minutes Release date: 03/27/2014
Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Cesar Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers.

The DUFF (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 07/18/2014
17-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who nicknames her "Duffy," short for "Designated Ugly Fat Friend." Instead, she throws her Coke in his face. However, desperate for a distraction from problems at home, Bianca ends up...
Wild Style

Wild Style (1982)

Rated: None Runtime: 85 minutes Release date: 12/31/1982
The work of maverick tagger Zoro attracts the attention of an East Village art enthusiast who gives him a commission him to paint the stage for a huge rapper's convention. The film serves as a record of the beginning of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York and features pioneers of the genre including Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and others.
Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 126 minutes Release date: 08/15/2013
The story of a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades is recounted. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family.

Without Shepherds (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 83 minutes Release date: 07/24/2014
Six bold people navigate the dangerous waters of Pakistan's current crisis to discover a new tomorrow: a cricket star starts a progressive political party, a female journalist goes behind Taliban lines, an ex-mujahid seeks redemption, a trucker crosses dangerous territory to feed his family, a supermodel pushes feminism through fashion, and a subversive Sufi rocker uses music to heal. Filmed by a...
Dir: Imran Babur
With: N/A
No Land No Food No Life

No Land No Food No Life (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 01/16/2014
This film explores sustainable small scale agriculture and the urgent need for an end to corporate global land grabs. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, utilizing vérité footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land.
Teenage

Teenage (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 80 minutes Release date: 03/13/2014
Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn't matter...
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 82 minutes Release date: 03/20/2014
Born into a middle class Chinese immigrant family and educated at Barnard in the 1930s, the young Grace Lee Boggs noticed the inequities in American society and dedicated the next eight decades to working towards the betterment of all people. At 98, writer, activist and philosopher Boggs has been rooted in the African American movement for over 70 years and has devoted her life to an evolving...
Dir: Grace Lee
With: N/A

Bound: Africans versus African Americans (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 90 minutes Release date: 11/29/2013
The filmmakers explore the tensions that exist between Africans and African Americans, referencing the historical experiences of both groups but ultimately focusing on what they have in common and suggesting a path to healing this painful rift.
Dir: Peres Owino
With: N/A
Square

The Square (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 104 minutes Release date: 10/24/2013
From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictatorship through the military rule that culminated with the forced removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Inequality for All

Inequality for All (2013)

Rated: PG Runtime: 85 minutes Release date: 09/26/2013
Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. This is an intimate portrait of a man who has overcome great personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive...