Special Showing

Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Change Film Series.

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Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

Starring: Floris White Bull

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors.

  • Director: Myron Dewey, Josh Fox, James Spione
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

““Awake, a Dream From Standing Rock” not only serves as a vital record of one of the biggest protest movements since Occupy Wall Street or Black Lives Matter, but its events are also fresh. That swift response, a wake-up call, in the form of a visual poem, is a testament to the filmmakers’ artistry, and urgency.”

– Indiewire

Shown as part of the Williams College Davis Center's Social Change Film Series.

Special Showing

I Am Not Your Negro

Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Change Film Series.

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I Am Not Your Negro

Starring: James Baldwin

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. 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. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A brilliant piece of filmic writing, one that bursts with fierce urgency, not just for the long-unresolved history it seeks to confront, but also in its attempt to understand what is happening here, right now.”

– Washington Post

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Change Film Series.

Special Showing

American Revolutionary

Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Justice Film Series.

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Starring: Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover

The documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward.

Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

  • Director: Grace Lee
  • Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Ms. Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.”

– New York Times

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Justice Film Series.

Special Showing

Agents of Change

Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series.

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Agents of Change

Starring: Danny Glover,

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.

  • Director: Frank Dawson, Abby Ginzberg
  • Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The film is full of fascinating, archival footage, but its most important point is the central role that black students played in the fight to reform American universities: most notably, they pushed for the expansion of Eurocentric curricula to include intellectual contributions of other racial and ethnic groups, for the hiring of more diverse faculty and better recruitment, and for more humane treatment of students of color.”

– Mother Jones

Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series