Democracy North Carolina and Working Films are collaborating to launch the Civics of Justice Films Series. The month long screening series will bring newly released and award-winning documentaries to ten cities across North Carolina during the month of July.
On Wednesday, July 22, a screening of “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory” along with a discussion will take place at the Belk Library on the campus of ASU from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The screenings and dialogues will help local communities members develop a deeper analysis of the relationship between civic engagement and issues including criminal justice and policing, environmental justice, and economic justice.
The program launches the first week in July with free screenings of Ferguson: A Report From Occupied Territory, a film that documents the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown and highlights the complexity of local municipal politics and the activism of Black Lives Matter.
The Civics of Justice film series will continue throughout the month with weekly screenings that will include acclaimed documentaries focused on criminal justice (Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory), environmental justice (Come Hell or High Water :The Battle for Turkey Creek and Fracking Stories ) and economic justice (The Hand That Feeds).
The series will highlight these critical issues, but more importantly post screening conversations will help residents understand more about the functioning of their local government so that they are better prepared to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Screenings will be held in Asheville, Boone, Clayton/Smithfield, Fayetteville, Greensboro, New Bern, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wilmington and Winston Salem. In each city local collaborators will support the event.
Democracy North Carolina, a statewide nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Durham, is coordinating the statewide Civics of Justice film series. Using an innovative integration of research, organizing, and training, Democracy North Carolina works to increase civic participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and remove systemic barriers to voting and serving in elected office.
“In order to have a government that’s truly of, by, and for the people, government agencies must be responsive to citizen concerns about civil rights, the environment, and fair wages. The power of the vote is sacred in our democracy. We can’t allow government misconduct or inaction to profane that fundamental promise,” said Executive Director, Bob Hall.
Democracy North Carolina presents the Civics of Justice Films Series in collaboration with Working Films, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is nationally recognized for building partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, educators and advocates to advance community-based policy solutions and social, economic, and environmental justice.