The Sheen Center Presents:

The Justice Film Festival

October 6–8, 2017

Loreto Theater

The Justice Film Festival provides inspirational films, featuring stories of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in both issues and geography. This year's event will include feature films, documentaries, and shorts from both well-known and emerging filmmakers that shine a light on justice in our changing world.

Tickets for each day's screening: $15

Weekend Festival Pass (includes reserved seating for all screenings) $40 

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Opening Night of the Festival on October 6 with special appearance by Morgan Freeman and executive producer Lori McCreary

 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

SESSION 1

beginning at 7:00pm

THE STORY OF US WITH MORGAN FREEMAN (48 minutes)
At a time when events seem to be driving cultures apart and splintering our own, Morgan Freeman goes on a global journey to understand how human culture has taken so many remarkable forms. At the root of his quest is a drive to uncover the fundamental forces that keep our societies together, while revealing the common humanity that lies inside each one of us.  🎥 around the world

Post Screening with Special Guests: Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary

SUMMER IN THE FOREST (108 minutes)
Like countless others, Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled “idiots,” locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release — the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. Director: Randall Wright  🎥 in France

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

SESSION 2

beginning at 1:00pm

CYCLE OF CHANGE (9 minutes)
Moved by the lack of opportunity for women and youth in her community in El Salvador, Reina Molino ventures to Guatemala to study bici-maquinas—bicycle pedal-power technology. Leaving everything she knows behind, Reina embarks on an inspiring journey of self-empowerment and problem solving. Director: Sarah Frei  🎥 in El Salvador

BEHOLD THE EARTH (64 minutes)
America's divorce from the outdoors - and possibilities for reconnection through a dialogue between science and religion - are explored in this music-rich documentary. Grammy-award winning musician Dirk Powell leads arrangements of traditional American tunes, with Rhiannon Giddens, Tim Eriksen, and more. Director: David Conover 🎥 in the U.S.

IRAQ: A FORGOTTEN HOPE (37 minutes) The Middle East is an ancient land with a complicated narrative. Today in Northern Iraq, the story seems muddier than ever. A modern evil has brought devastation and genocide, pushing some of Iraq’s oldest people groups to the verge of extinction. In an effort to make sense of the story, host Mark Foreman meets with ethnic minorities, ISIS survivors, and political and religious leaders.  Director: Joel Parker 🎥 in Iraq

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SESSION 3

beginning at 4:00pm

A SIMPLER WAY (26 minutes)
Four university students journey to a remote village in Uganda to discover a radically simple solution to an urgent global problem. A Simpler Way explores the need for simple, affordable solutions to global development issues and the role of personal experience in meaningful, transformative education.  Director: Michael O. Snyder 🎥 in Uganda

SWIM TEAM (90 minutes)
Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team with multiethnic autistic teen recruits, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning. Director: Lara Stolman 🎥 in New Jersey

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SESSION 4

beginning at 7:30pm

PERIPHERAL (13 minutes)
A moving glimpse into the mind of painter Jimmy Abegg and his ever-expanding vision, even in the face of going blind. This documentary explores the struggles of Abegg, forced to adapt his craft in light of a disease that will rob him of his sight. Director: Derek Pearson 🎥 in Nashville

CONEY ISLAND DREAMING (9 minutes)
A young girl is attracted to the magic and beauty of Coney Island as she dreams of escaping the harsh reality of her circumstances. She gets lucky when she finds some lost money at the entrance to an alleyway, but when the money runs out she tries to delay the inevitable reality that awaits her.  🎥 in Brooklyn

OUTCASTS (65 minutes)
Travel to the prisons of Central America, walk the dark city streets of London, New York and Ireland’s most treacherous neighborhoods. Step beyond your comfort zone and into the lives of our modern-day outcasts. Directors: Joseph Campo, Clifford Azize, Michael Campo 🎥 in the U.S., UK, Ireland, and Central America 

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

SESSION 5

beginning at 1:00pm

DESIGN THAT HEALS (24 minutes)
In the thick of epidemic catastrophe, can architecture help to heal? Dr. Jean William Pape, a Haitian infectious disease specialist, believes it can. He has dedicated the last 35 years to combating diarrheal diseases that harm and kill his nation’s poor. Design that Heals is an uplifting story about leadership, innovation, and human resilience. Director: Thatcher Bean  🎥 in Haiti

REMAND (40 minutes)
Henry, a Ugandan boy, is losing hope, languishing in prison, awaiting trial for two murders he didn't commit. Jim's comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry would never meet. Remand tells the true story of how Henry and Jim, separated by an ocean, worked together to inspire justice reform for an entire country.   Director: Craig Detweiler  🎥 in Uganda

NO PLACE FOR A REBEL (76 minutes)
Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander in the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. No Place for a Rebel shows Opono’s fight for his future, while struggling to come to terms with his past and reconcile with his family.  Directors: Maartje Wegdam & Ariadne Asimakopoulos  🎥 in Uganda

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SESSION 6

beginning at 4:30pm

UNSEEN (26 minutes)
After nearly taking his own life, a young man's future depends on his grandfather's ability to face the past. Director: MD Neely 🎥 in Ireland

NEWTOWN (85 minutes)
In the aftermath of the worst school shooting in history, the traumatized community of Newtown, Connecticut finds a new sense of purpose in this intimate story of resilience as told by those whose lives were changed forever. Director: Kim A. Snyder 🎥 in Newtown, Connecticut

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SESSION 7

beginning at 7:30pm

NO WAY BACK (16 minutes)
Zeinah and her 11-year-old daughter Norah have fled the devastating war in Syria and find themselves on the Turkish coast, desperately trying to board a dinghy to Europe. With every passing day and failed attempt, Zeinah is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. Director: Michael Kongshaug 🎥 in Turkey

SACRED (86 minutes)
From Academy Award-winning director Thomas Lennon, Sacred immerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores faith as a primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life.  Director: Thomas Lennon  🎥around the world

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*Screenings subject to change