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Ford Foundation  We are a social justice #philanthropy working with visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide.

Veteran documentarian and grantee Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, 2010; The Black Panthers, 2015) returns to #Sundance to deliver yet another essential chapter of American history with his latest @FordFoundation-funded film, ‘Tell Them We Are Rising.' This documentary is the first-ever project of its kind on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). African Americans who would not be denied a higher education played an enormous part in propelling the epic journey toward liberation for Black people in the United States. Though much of their history was eclipsed by the explosiveness of the 1960s, HBCUs played a central role in the shaping of Black life, creating a Black middle class and dismantling segregation. Through this rich tapestry of archival photos, letters, diaries, home movies, a variety of never before seen or heard media, and memorable testimonials with key students, staff, faculty, and alumni, Nelson brings into sharp focus the pivotal role the 150-year history of HBCUs has played in American history, culture, and national identity. #HBCURising #Sundance2017 #SundanceFilmFestival

#BendingTheArc Director Pedro Kos hopes his film can help make global health equity a reality. The @FordFoundation-funded film follows a fledgling group of unstoppable health advocates who took on a seemingly impossible mission: global health equity. It premieres on #Sundance January 23. #Sundance2017 #SundanceFilmFestival

As the poorest nations battled intractable diseases, the @FordFoundation-funded film #BendingTheArc follows a fledgling group of unstoppable health advocates who took on a seemingly impossible mission: global health equity. In 1980s Haiti, in a remote region devastated first by tuberculosis and later by AIDS, Harvard medical student Paul Farmer, idealistic physician Jim Yong Kim, and activist Ophelia Dahl successfully raised funding and opened a clinic—but their patients weren’t surviving after returning home from treatment. The team eventually realized that clinical treatment wasn’t enough; they needed to radically change the way they interacted with the community. Through dramatically increased cultural sensitivity, pointed listening skills, local partnerships, and home visits, prognoses improved mightily, and the revolutionary Partners In Health was born. Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’s revelatory, vigorously researched documentary follows the dramatic success of a hands-on community health model that has, since its first project, rescued millions of lives. From a deadly multidrug-resistant TB epidemic in 1990s Peru to the first Ebola cases in Rwanda, this approach, and the intrepid team that envisioned it, transformed global health. #BendingTheArc premieres today at #Sundance. #Sundance2017 #Sundancefilmfestival

'Strong Island' Director Yance Ford on social justice filmmaking: "One of the primary responsibilities of documentary film is to show injustice." In 1992, filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother William was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white mechanic. The Ford Foundation-funded film 'Strong Island' chronicles the arc of a family in pursuit of justice. The movie premieres January 23 at #Sundance. #Sundance2017 #sundancefilmfestival

In 1992, filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother William was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white mechanic after a common complaint about a car repair spiraled violently out of control. The mechanic claimed he fired in self-defense, and though William was unarmed, he quickly became the prime suspect in his own death. When an all-white grand jury set the shooter free, Yance’s family retreated into a silent fury. Twenty years later, "Strong Island" invents a startling cinematic language to penetrate this devastating collision of paralysis, grief, fear, racism, and injustice. As much as it is an outward-facing investigation of William’s case, this film is a radically intimate, lovingly layered inquiry into the emotional valences and internal geometries of the Ford family and their loss. Exacting aesthetic choices transport us directly into Yance and his mother’s subjective experience, acknowledging the painful reality that some things will always be elusive and unknowable. "Strong Island" dismantles and reimagines the wreckage left in the wake of William’s murder, bringing us as close as art can come to the blistering truth. The Ford Foundation-funded film premieres on #Sundance January 23. #Sundance2017 #sundancefilmfestival

#TheForceFilm Director Peter Nicks chats with us about his film which features the Oakland Police Department undergoing reform.
The Ford Foundation-funded “The Force” premieres at #Sundance today. #sundance2017 #sundancefilmfestival

Premiering today at #Sundance is the @FordFoundation-funded “The Force,” a documentary by Peter Nicks that takes us into the troubled Oakland Police Department. #Sundance2017 #cjreform #criminaljustice #theforcefilm #sundancefilmfestival

"The facts of what happened in Ferguson two summers ago have already been exposed, but the whole truth of the story is yet unknown." -- Sabaah Folayan, with @whosestreets co-director Damon Davis and the film team at #sundance #sundancefilmfestival #sundance2017

At the Ford Foundation, we're committed to building a social justice infrastructure that will support artists and filmmakers to lift up the voices that have gone unheard for too long --Cara Mertes, JustFilms Director #sundance #SundanceFilmFestival #Sundance2017

We're at @sundanceorg joining our grantee organizations and filmmakers and supporting social justice filmmaking. We're asking people how films can help build a more just society. Share your thoughts! And stay tuned for more updates. #sundancefilmfestival #sundance2017 #sundance

In the face of the killings of civilians and the police, America must create more bridges and fewer divisions in order to create a path forward. What gives you hope? Share with us moments in your communities that remind us that there is a path forward. #ReasonsForHope #blacklivesmatter

In the wake of violence against communities and the police across America, we face a defining moment in our generation. And we draw hope from the work of our grantees. What gives you hope? Share with us moments in your communities helping create a path forward. #ReasonsForHope

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