We the People: Required Watching
MSP Film Society presents We the People: Required Watching, an ongoing screening series of films that speak powerfully to systemic inequality, followed by conversations with filmmakers and community leaders discussing ways we can support social justice and anti-racism efforts within our communities.
We the People: Required Watching Community Conversation guests thus far have included: Civil Rights Attorney and Activist Nekima Levy Armstrong, Filmmaker and Activist D.A. Bullock, Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano, Filmmaker Deirdre Fishel, Playwright Christina Ham, Former Minneapolis Police Inspector Catherine Johnson, Theater Educator and Director Dawn Renee Jones, Attorney and Former Ramsey County Prosecutor Donald M. Lewis, screenwriter Ken Rance, Community Editor of Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Mel Reeves, Theatre Producer and former Minneapolis City Council Member Ralph Remington, Writer and Activist Aaron Smothers, Criminal Defense Attorney F. Clayton Tyler, and Distinguished Scholar and Activist Dr. John Wright. All of these conversations can be viewed at any time on MSP Film Society’s Facebook page.
This series is generously supported by the George Family Foundation and KNOCK, Inc. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.
Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
Director: N.C. Heikin | Documentary | USA | 2016
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Zoom Conversation: Monday, October 5 at 7:00pm
Packed with thrilling music, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story is an absorbing documentary about a gifted alto sax player and Charlie Parker's protégée, Frank Morgan. To bring the past into the present, director N.C. Heikin brought an all-star band together for a concert. This hyper-emotional event forms the backbone of this riveting film.
MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will lead a virtual conversation on October 5 at 7:00pm with filmmaker N.C. Heikin and other special guests to be announced.EVENT INFO & REGISTRATION
Director: Melissa Haizlip | Documentary | USA | 2020
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Zoom Conversation: Monday, August 31 at 7:00pm
Mr. Soul!, the documentary feature film directed and produced by Melissa Haizlip, celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series from its genesis to its eventual loss of funding against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Ellis Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful television shows in U.S. history.
MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will moderate a FREE virtual conversation with filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, CEO and Executive Producer of SoulTouch Productions Robin Hickman, and director and playwright Dawn Renee Jones.EVENT INFO & REGISTRATION
Jim Crow of the North
Director: Daniel Pierce Bergin | Documentary | USA | 2019
Zoom Conversation: Monday, August 17, 2020
On Monday, August 17, MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will host a community conversation with Director Daniel Pierce Bergin and Anthony R. Scott, President of Minnesota's Black Community Project.
Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created. A Twin Cities PBS Original.WATCH CONVERSATION
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Director: Dawn Porter | Documentary | USA | 2020
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Zoom Conversation: Monday, August 3, 2020
MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will lead a conversation with Attorney General of Minnesota Keith Ellison on August 3 at 7:00pm.
John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.WATCH CONVERSATION
Director: Yance Ford | Documentary | USA | 2017
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Zoom Conversation: Monday, July 20 at 7:00pm
MSP Film Society presents a FREE community screening of the powerful documentary, Strong Island on Sunday, July 19, followed by a conversation with Director Yance Ford on Monday, July 20, 2020.
Strong Island is a true-crime documentary that chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy - from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle-class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family and how their lives were shaped by a violent murder and the enduring shadow of race in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justiceWATCH CONVERSATION
Director: Ava Duvernay | Documentary | USA | 2016
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Zoom Conversation: Monday, July 6 at 7:00pm
We the People: Required Watching continues on Sunday, July 5 with a free screening of Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking documentary 13th. On Monday, July 6 at 7:00pm, MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will present another community-focused conversation that explores the themes of the film and how we can collectively move forward toward a more just and inclusive society.
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.WATCH CONVERSATION
Women in Blue (Work in Progress)
Director: Deirdre Fishel | Documentary | USA | 2020
Zoom Conversation: Monday, June 29, 2020
MSP Film Society kicks off We the People: Required Watching on Sunday, June 28 with an encore screening of the MSPIFF39 Redefined closing night film, Women in Blue. The film will be available to screen for free for a 24-hour window on beginning at 11am on Sunday, June 28. On Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm, MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will moderate a conversation with Director Deirdre Fishel, Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano, Civil Rights Attorney and Activist Nekima Levy Armstrong, and former Minneapolis City Council Member Ralph Remington about the ongoing efforts of police reform and women's roles in leadership and community safety.
Offering an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), Women in Blue chronicles a police force—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020. The film reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis: Could increased gender equity and more women—especially women of color—contribute to greater public safety?WATCH CONVERSATION
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Documentary | USA | 2019
Zoom Conversation: June 22, 2020
MSP Film programmer Craig Laurence Rice, writer, director and theatre educator Dawn Renee Jones, playwright Christina Ham, and civil rights attorney, activist, national expert on racial justice, former law professor, and legal scholar Nekima Levy Armstrong.
This artful and intimate meditation on legendary storyteller Toni Morrison examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.WATCH CONVERSATION
Director: NAME | Documentary | USA | YEAR
Zoom Conversation: Monday, June 15, 2020
Following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of police, the residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area were pushed past their breaking point. In this documentary, directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, who live in St. Louis, were on the front lines, confronting police units that were as militarized as if in the midst of combat, and talked to the people on the streets, people who are literally fighting for their lives and the lives of their children.
Zoom Discussion with MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice and Mel Reeves, Editor of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Filmmaker/Activist DA Bullock, and Writer/Activist Aaron Smothers on Monday, June 15 at 7:00pm.WATCH CONVERSATION
I Am Not Your Negro
Director: Raoul Peck | Documentary | USA | 2016
Zoom Conversation: Sunday, June 8, 2020
In his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic James Baldwin's unfinished book Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.
Zoom discussion with MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Laurence Rice and distinguished scholar and activist Dr. John Wright on Monday, June 8 at 7:00pmWATCH CONVERSATION