Films About Social Injustice

Aspen Film renounces the pernicious injustice, prejudice, and systemic racism that is growing more in this country daily. Prejudice and discrimination are learned, and our hope is that by shedding light on injustice and inequality, people can be exposed to different perspectives and learn tolerance. Film, as a discipline, helps to open windows to the world and offer shared experiences. We hope to help foster greater understanding through our offerings, and are working to present films that amplify the voices of artists whose work will help us understand our history – past and present. Now is the time for change.

NEON

Over the coming weeks, NEON films directed by Black filmmakers will be available to watch FREE of charge.

MONSTERS & MEN (2018)

 

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
96 min

 

The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

Additional Films

The following films are also available to access FREE of charge.

JUST MERCY (2019)

 

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
137 min

 

After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.

 

For more context, we recommend reading this interview with Bryan Stevenson in The New Yorker, the subject of Just Mercy.

SELMA (2014)

 

Directed by Ava DuVernay
128 min

 

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.