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July 9, 2019 – August 13, 2019

A co-presentation of the Northwest Film Center and in partnership with NW Documentary, Peace of the City is a summer documentary film series co-directed by Film Sprout founder Caitlin Boyle and Jill Schnitzer Edelson. A forum for true stories that can entertain as they educate and inspire, Peace of the City showcases the best work of the worldwide social-issue documentary film community, which upholds a tradition of investigating, observing, and translating the most pressing social issues of our time.


Patron passes/tickets grant access to reserved seating and to a post-film reception with the filmmakers and/or other special guests. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served after the film.


Patron and series passes grant access to all three of the Peace of the City Screenings.


Purchase a Patron pass here.

Purchase a Series pass here.

Bending the Arc

Directed by Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos

Thirty years ago, as much of the world was being ravaged by horrific diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, three remarkable

Thank You for Coming

Directed by Sara Lamm

Documentary filmmaker Sara Lamm learned as an adult that she was conceived via sperm donor, a fact that led her

The Cleaners

Directed by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

The Cleaners enters a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.