What Lies Upstream

In this detective story, filmmaker Cullen Hoback investigates the largest chemical drinking water contamination in a generation. But something is rotten in state and federal regulatory agencies, and through years of persistent journalism, we learn the shocking truth about what’s really happening with drinking water in America. WHAT LIES UPSTREAM is a powerful document for the world at large on the perils of believing government organizations and corporations will take care of the human species.

Whose Streets?

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.

Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. WHOSE STREETS? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

X500 (X Quinientos)

The jungle of Colombia, the mountains of Mexico, and the city of Montreal are the settings in which three independent migrant stories unfold. However, more than mere backgrounds, the locations themselves are like characters in writer-director JUAN ANDRES ARANGO’s transnational drama. The film follows three young migrants as they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings. For all three, music provides some relief as family and life provide the challenges. Ultimately, X500 shows how the worst distances and borders-the ones that keep us from feeling at home-are the ones between people.

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