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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

The killings of people and the police have left Americans wondering how to move forward. Yet, our history shows that in the face of crisis, we find reasons for hope. For us, we find hope in the amazing work of our grantees. What gives you hope? Share them with us in the comments section below. #ReasonsForHope

"I would call on young people to be involved in the battle with us, but also to understand that HIV is never one dimensional. It is always intersectional."
Naina Khanna is the Executive Director of Positive Women's Network-USA (@uspwn). Additionally, she serves on the Steering Committee for the 30 for 30 Campaign, the Advisory Board for the Women's HIV Research Initiative, the National Steering Committee for the U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus and the U.S. HIV Stigma Project, and was appointed to President Obama's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in 2010. Her expertise spans issues of sexual reproductive health and rights, gender-responsive health care policies, women centered HIV care, trauma, violence, and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV. #aids2016 #pwn #endaids

"When we are talking about HIV and AIDS, and when we are talking about mass incarceration and when we are talking about trauma, we're always talking about a disproportionate impact on Black people"
Phill Wilson is a long-term HIV survivor and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black AIDS Institute (@blackaids). He is also a co-founder of National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention. He has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS policy, prevention and treatment issues around the world. #aidsawareness #aids2016 #blacklivesmatter

Phillipa Tucker is the Co-Founder and Research and Communications Director of AIDS Accountability International, as well as an avid South African human rights activist with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights and malaria. Specifically, she focuses on rights for sexually and gender diverse people, women, girls, prisoners and youth. #aidsawareness

Even in the continued fight against HIV/AIDS, people have not lost their hope or their energy. The global village, at this years conference, provides a space to not just share stories and express the need for change, but to find other means of expression to captivate ones experience and share it with others #aids2016 #freeexpression #dance4acause

The First Lady of South Africa Thobeka Zuma addresses how forms of inequality like #childmarriage exacerbate the #HIV epidemic at #aids2016. She says, "At the heart of child marriage is poverty and unequal power relationships." #stand4equity

What message would you like to send to the world, and primarily governments, about the effect of criminalization? "I think it is very important for authorities and governments to realize how intersectional it is. Criminalization, especially of transgender women, effects their lives and the health outcomes as well, so then they need to be aware of that." Ricky Nathanson is a transgender woman and an avid transgender activist and human rights defender. She is a member of the Southern African Regional Trans Forum, the Trans Women's Feminist Institute and All African Trans and Intersex Committee, and a Board Member of the Sexual Rights Center in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In January 2016 she formed Trans Education, Advocacy & Training [TREAT]. #challengecrim #transrights #aids2016

Hundreds of people, young and old, took to the streets of Durban today for the "Quality Treatment for All" March. Lead by the Treatment Action Campaign, chants and cheers filled the air, showing support for the continued fight against lacking medicine availability and a disease that continues to affect many populations around the world #aids2016 #tac #aidsfreegeneration

March for Quality Treatment for All #tac #aids2016 goodbye stigma, hello gorgeous

What does criminalization mean to you? At the Challenging Criminalization Globally convening, Arneta Rogers, the reproductive justice and HIV fellow at @uspwn, spoke about the importance of recognizing the intersectionality within issues of race, class and gender when fighting against HIV/AIDS and criminalization. A graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, @arnrogers continues to push for broader inclusivity within reproductive justice and among intersectional communities #aids2016 #challengecrim

Richard Branson, philanthropist and founder of Virgin Group, says social justice is good for business. He explains why he believes that “doing good” in a sustainable way can benefit business and the world at large. Watch in full: InequalityIs.org #inequality #inequalityis

To Ai-jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations, the experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today. The solution? A social movement. More: InequalityIs.org #domesticworkers #caregivers #domestics #immigration #inequality #InequalityIs

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