A series of documentaries about people causing an effect and making changes in our world.
"Our Feet Are Rooted" is a documentary about government sponsored land grabbing in Northern Uganda and the non-violent techniques community members are using to fight for their ancestral land.
At 16 years old Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of the rape and murder of Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school classmate. His fight for freedom sheds light on the shortcomings of the American justice system and is a testament to the human spirit.
This short film is a grass-roots social awareness documentary. The topic is the most common, yet unseen, and preventable disability in the United States: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is more common than autism, down syndrome and spina bifida combined, yet the only one that is preventable. Why don't we all know about FASD? The blinders are pulled over our eyes because of intense alcohol lobbying to minimize the realities of alcohol's harm, the harmful stigma around alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and a 'mommy juice' promoting culture. When the lockdown happened in 2020, researchers documented a 41% increase in drinking among women in the US. We are facing an epidemic of developmental disability in our future unborn children, and this short documentary is a real-time reflection of how we can stop it. Prevention will take all of us working together and stepping into the light of FASD awareness.
Mike and Debbie Africa joined the MOVE Organization in 1974 with relatively light demonstrations against the city of Philadelphia in the interest to confront some societal ills. Their beliefs and activism put them in the cross hairs of the Philadelphia police and officials. By Your Side highlights how they maintained their relationship through the hardship of the Rizzo era, the 40 years they both spent in prison separated from each other, their children, families, and freedom. Mike and Debbie want to tell the story of their young lives, their hopes, dreams and fears- the story of their determination and commitment to never giving up.
Metanoia calls attention to the alarming rate of femicide in México and uses emotive movement to summon our collective courage to speak out against domestic violence wherever it occurs.
She consciously puts the drawing of a child on an equal footing with the compositions she — a professional painter — creates. She even goes a step further — in the film Lines, shot a month ago in the Zachęta workshop room, we see her copying the movement of her son's hand, spontaneously drawing with pastels on a blackboard. The roles are somewhat reversed — the mother/adult/educated artist tries to return to the innocence or unhindered freedom of a child’s drawing, to the original truth of the gesture. It is a kind of à rebours ritual — from adulthood back to childhood. Bielesz, speaking about this film, jokingly refers to Picasso, who supposedly said that ‘it took him four years to learn to paint like Raphael, and his whole life to paint like a child’.
Among the project creators, Magda Bielesz is mom.