Center for Equality and Justice

Reel Justice
Documentary Series

Launched in 2007, the Reel Justice Film Series was created to highlight the important efforts of filmmakers who inspire audiences to take on some of the most challenging issues of our time.



Past Films

Year Title Summary
Living Downstream 4/6/2011 “…an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary following Sandra during one pivotal year as she works to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links”
8: The Mormon Proposition 3/30/2011 “…the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion/passage of California's Proposition 8…”
The Stoning of Soraya M. 3/7/2011 “A drama set in 1986 Iran…Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending.”
The Lottery 2/23/2011 “Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education…”
The Dark Side of Chocolate 2/9/2011 “A team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry.”
442 11/16/2010 “Medal of Honor Recipient George Sakato…is the veteran of 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WW2 composed of Japanese American, who were at first looked as the problem because of the race but later they were looked as the problem solver because of their splendid achievement in the battle field.”
Trouble the Water 10/25/2010 “A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.”
Pray the Devil Back to Hell 9/29/2010 “A group of women rise up to peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state.”
The Garden 4/19/2010 “From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future.”
The Yes Men Fix the World 4/7/2010 “Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.”
View from a Grain of Sand 3/8/2010 “…harrowing, thought-provoking, yet intimate portrait of Afghan women's history over the last 30 years”
Amazing Grace 10/12/2009 “…based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce”
My Suicide 9/30/2009 “A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.”
Go Further  4/14/2009 “Woody Harrelson and a group of friends take a road trip on a bio-fueled bus to demonstrate ways to be environmentally responsible and visit people who live by that principle.”
The Gleaners & I 3/3/2009 “An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident…The aesthetic, political and moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip.”
Sicko 2/17/2009 “A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.”
The Negro Zone 2/10/2009 “A comedic look at the stereotypes of black men.”
A Well-Founded Fear 1/27/2009 “…the moving story of Phil Glendenning's search for the asylum seekers Australia rejected. The film follows him as he travels through Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Canada.”
Reckless Indifference 11/18/2008 “…reveals the naiveté, guilt and denial of middle class families caught up in the criminal justice system, and chronicles how an overzealous prosecutorial team propelled by the vengeful and grief-stricken LAPD officer's family eagerly abuse an obscure law to their advantage.”
Who Killed the Electric Car? 10/21/2008 “A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.”
Days of Glory 9/30/2008 “During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.”
Made in L.A. 9/16/2008 “…remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer. ”
For the Bible Tells Me So 3/5/2008 “An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.”
Girl, Positive 12/3/2007 “A popular high school girl finds out that a boy she slept with is HIV positive.”
The Education of Shelby Knox 10/27/2007 “Shelby Knox was a 15-year-old ‘good Southern Baptist girl’ who noticed that her high school had the largest number of teenage pregnancies in the country and consequently brought comprehensive sex education to her high school.”
Le Plafond de Verre (The Glass Ceiling) 10/16/2007 “…a series of sometimes very emotional first-hand accounts of discrimination against mostly black and North African Arab who are trying to find jobs.”
Cargo: Innocence Lost 9/26/2007 “A documentary that exposes the underworld of sex trafficking of women and children in the United States.”
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes 4/18/2007 “…a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture.”
Dreamworlds 3 3/19/2007 “…examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality.” 
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