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September 21, 2016 – November 1, 2016

For many committed makers and viewers, film is a vital medium of information and engagement and a powerful tool for social action. Tackling wide-ranging, thought-provoking issues, activist filmmakers help deepen our awareness of injustice and the values of dignity and equality as they tell universal stories of struggle and triumph. We hope these informative and inspirational films both broaden understanding and stimulate involvement as they reveal the commitment, experience, and courage of hearts and minds focused on challenges that touch us all. Thanks to KBOO FM for their promotional support.

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Abortion: Stories Women Tell

Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos

The US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion, but today a

After Spring

Directed by Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching

The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is the largest gathering spot in the Middle East for the millions of refugees

Do Not Resist

Directed by Craig Atkinson

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist starts on the streets of Ferguson,

Hooligan Sparrow

Directed by Nanfu Wang

Hooligan Sparrow follows brave, maverick Chinese activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) as she fights to bring justice to an

The Crossing

Directed by George Kurian

A first-hand account of the perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees. Traversing land and sea on an

The Road

Directed by Zanbo Zhang

In 2008, the Chinese government initiated an ambitious plan to build a superhighway in the Hunan province in an attempt

Under the Sun

Directed by Vitaliy Manskiy

Shot with the permission and supervision of North Korean authorities, Russian director Vitaliy Manskiy’s film turns a propaganda effort into

When Two Worlds Collide

Directed by Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel

Brandenburg and Orzel’s stirring film takes us to the heart of a tense and controversial battle between Peruvian leaders invested

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.