This month’s winners include:
ANACRONTE. Directed by Raúl Koler and Emiliano Sette. Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, put to test humanity's happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers. Causes: Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Wellness.
REFLECT: A RAY OF HOPE. Directed by Duncan Martin and Duncan McKellar. In the border towns of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, two artists stage an audacious art event that aims to demonstrate the power of people working together, using something that we all share wherever we live in the world: the sun. Causes: Immigrants and Refugee Rights. Watch the trailer here.
SHATTER THE SILENCE. Directed by Cheryl Allison. Politicians such as former TX Senator and Women's Rights Activist Wendy Davis, Ministers, Teachers, Students, Social Workers, Artists and more in Dallas, TX speak out about the #metoo movement, patriarchy, sexual harassment in the church, rape culture, community action and the initiatives taking place to help bring forth change. Cause: Women’s Rights. Watch the trailer here.
TASTE OF HOME. Directed by Timothy Huang. The complexities of a young man's identity are explored through his relationship with his aging grandmother and brought to life through his passion for cooking. Causes: Diversity and Inclusion, Civil Rights.
KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK. Directed by Arom Choi. Hana lives in a small box-like room and interacts with the world only by listening through the thin walls that separate her from her neighbors. She is consumed by thoughts of death, only to be confronted by an unexpected death. This is a film for people who are fiercely fighting with their inner selves, isolation, and the weight of life. Cause: Mental Health. Watch the trailer here.
LITTLE LANTERN. Directed by Katelyn Kolb. A short coming of age story about a contemplative 11-year-old girl who is forced to grapple with her impending womanhood while at a religious summer camp. Cause: Women’s Rights. Watch the trailer here.
Social Impact Awards:
MADE IN CHINA: REFORMING CHINA’S SUPPLY CHAIN. Directed by Gabriel Diamond. For years, China has valued aggressive growth at the cost of environmental protection. Ma Jun emerged as a bold and singular voice, willing to stand up to powerful political and economic interests. His groundbreaking use of data and transparency holds industry accountable and makes clear the costs of toxic pollution. Cause: Environmental Protection.
STREET WORKERS UNITE! Directed by Gabriel Diamond. India's street vendors and rickshaw drivers are among the country's most vulnerable citizens. For years they’ve lived and worked without legal protections and without access to financial services, and have been subject to harassment by the police, the mafia, and others. NIDAN is working to change all that by organizing them to stand up for their own rights and stop "feeding milk to the snake." Cause: Economic Justice.
THE TYRANNY OF DISTANCE. Directed by Gabriel Diamond. Fifteen years of civil war in Liberia has resulted in one of the world’s worst doctor shortages and cut off the country’s rural poor from basic healthcare. Community health workers trained and equipped by the non-profit Last Mile Health are working to deliver lifesaving health services to the 1.2 million Liberians living in the most remote reaches of the country. Cause: Health & Wellness.