The San Francisco Film Society is committed to more than the passive viewing of films on the big screen. Contemporary filmmakers are producing powerful films that aim to raise awareness, influence opinion, change behavior, encourage action and even instigate social movements. By curating programs and cultivating new film projects that have the potential to effect change, and by bringing these works to Bay Area audiences each year—including thousands of students through SFFS Youth Education outreach programs—the Film Society fills the role of advocate, catalyst and change agent for the causes these programs and films bring to light.
At SFIFF54, we have identified ten narrative and documentary films that expose and explore some of today’s critical social issues, including criminal justice, civil liberties, AIDS in Africa, women in the media and the arts, education, the environment, democratic revolution and conflict and reconciliation.
Join us for Festival screenings of these films and participate in conversations with filmmakers in attendance. We hope you will be inspired to play a part in making change, engage with other audience members and connect with other enthusiasts, activists or groups who stand ready to respond to cinematic calls to action.
In addition to connecting audiences with these important causes, we also aim to measure the impact these films are having in the world. Throughout the Festival and beyond, we ask you to share with us how you have engaged with the films and what action you have taken on the issues after seeing them.
After each screening of the films listed below, you will have the opportunity to complete an online survey about your responses to the film and its related cause. The survey will be available for immediate access on your smartphones through our mobile website, via computer stations at the Info Table in the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas lobby, or at your own convenience at home.
We also welcome your opinions on how you’d like us to continue to develop this Causes & Impacts initiative and measure positive change in the future.
Better This World
Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway
Crime After Crime
The Green Wave
Ali Samadi Ahadi
Life, Above All
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Risteard Ó Domhnaill
!Women Art Revolution
Lynn Hershman Leeson