Politics

1917: The Real October

Thursday, November 9 at 6:45pm

In 1917 St. Petersburg, the frontline of the global war moves closer every day, and the Russian people are hungry, worried, and angry. When the tsar is overthrown in February, the revolutionary poets, thinkers, and avant-gardists are euphoric — freedom at last! —... Read more

ACORN and the Firestorm

Sunday, November 5 at 4:15pm

If you felt doomed to being impoverished and politically voiceless, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) hoped to change your mind — and perhaps your life. For 40 years, the controversial community-organizing group sought to empower... Read more

Darkest Hour

Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of... Read more

The Divine Order

Friday, November 3 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 4 at 2:30pm

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, “The Divine Order” is set in 1971 Switzerland, where women are still denied the right to vote, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade. When unassuming and... Read more

Free Speech Fear Free

Sunday, November 5 at 6:00pm

Begun when precocious filmmaker Ramsay Tarquin was 15 — he’s still only 20 — “Fear Speech Fear Free” includes some footage of his youthful attempts to explore the topic of free speech and its essential importance in democracy. But those early, haphazard man-on-the... Read more

A Gray State

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm

In 2010, David Crowley — an Iraq veteran, aspiring filmmaker, and charismatic up-and-coming voice in fringe politics — began production on his film “Gray State,” which was set in a dystopian near-future where civil liberties are trampled by an unrestrained federal... Read more

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Friday, November 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:15pm

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Feminist Agenda

Sunday, November 5 at 9:30pm
These women prove that strength is displayed in a variety of ways.

Nat Bates for Mayor

Saturday, November 11 at 1:00pm

“Nat Bates for Mayor” tells the story of the outrageous 2014 mayor's race in Richmond, home to the second-largest refinery in California. In a brazen move, Chevron spends more than $3 million to back 83-year-old African-American stalwart Nat Bates. Bates makes a... Read more

The Nile Hilton Incident

Friday, November 10 at 3:10pm
Saturday, November 11 at 9:00pm

A political thriller based on a true story, “The Nile Hilton Incident” follows Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt criminal-justice system, as he probes the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel just weeks before the 2011... Read more

No Man's Land

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00pm

Director David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of the action — headed by Ammon Bundy — put out a call to arms via... Read more

Poisoning Paradise

Friday, November 10 at 5:30pm

In seemingly idyllic Hawaii, communities are surrounded by experimental agricultural test sites that spray pesticides upwind of their neighborhoods. “Poisoning Paradise” details the ongoing struggle by native Hawaiians to advance bold new legislation governing the... Read more

The Teacher

Friday, November 3 at 12:10pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 2:05pm

In a middle-school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, new teacher Maria Drazdechova (Zuzana Maurery) asks her students to stand up, introduce themselves, and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that the grades the pupils earn will be... Read more

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Waking the Sleeping Giant” chronicles the building of a 21st-century progressive movement in the United States. Against the backdrop of an extraordinary 2016 presidential race, five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic... Read more

Whose Streets?

Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe the Black Lives Matter 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... Read more

Working in Protest

Sunday, November 5 at 7:00pm

Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky have documented protests for more than 30 years. “Working in Protest” collects footage they’ve captured over those decades, offering a largely chronological compilation of protests from both the right and the left: Klan... Read more