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Documentary Film

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October 29, 2022, 2:00pm

Whose Streets

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A film told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri.
Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.

January 14, 2023, 2:00pm

13th

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A 2016 American documentary film by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;” it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

March 18, 2023, 2:00pm

4 Little Girls

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Is a 1997 American historical documentary film about the murder of four African American girls (Addie May Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Rosamond Robertson) in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.

The film was directed by Spike Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

June 17, 2023, 2:00pm

The Newburgh
Sting

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Is a 2014 documentary film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in the 2009 Bronx terrorism plot. Beginning in 2008, an FBI informant, Shaheed Hussain, recorded hours of conversations with the men who were ultimately arrested and convicted of planting three non-functional bombs next to two synagogues in Riverdale, Bronx and for planning to use Stinger missiles to shoot down United States military cargo planes near Newburgh, New York.

The documentary shows that the four men were coaxed into participating in the plot by an FBI informant and offered incentives including $250,000. The men’s lawyers, including Sam Braverman, who is featured prominently in the film, argue that this was a case of entrapment. Also featured in the film is Michael German, a former undercover FBI agent and a current fellow in the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security program.