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Synopsis: UP FROM THE STREETS looks at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. New Orleans has a distinct history as a result of its political and social history. There is a thread that runs through the city that can be heard from the drumming at Congo Square in the 1700’s through to today’s vibrant music scene. The music of this city is a powerful form of expression. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom, express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws, a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and is still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases. Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Director Michael Murphy, show how the culture of the city is reflected in its music, how music impacts culture; and how even in the darkest of times, music lifts and unites.
Nominated for Best Feature Louisiana Documentary at 2019 New Orleans Film Festival
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2020 Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2020 DC Independent Film Festival
Received Award of Excellence at indie Fest Film Festival for Documentary Feature
Juried Gold Award Winner for Best Feature Documentary at Houston WorldFest Film Festival
A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will be donated to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis.
Listen to music from the film on this Spotify playlist.
Synopsis: In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” With unprecedented access, The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance. Assia struggles to disrupt the government secrecy shrouding what happened and takes the FBI to federal court to compel them to make the records they collected about her community public. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her community. The Feeling of Being Watched follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation, while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.
SISTERS RISING 2020 | US | 59 min | NR – Get Your Virtual Ticket
A film by Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck, SISTERS RISING is the story of six Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States.
SPACESHIP EARTH 2020 | US | 122 min | NR – Get Your Virtual Ticket
A captivating look at the cult-like group of people who built the Biosphere 2, a giant replica of the earth’s ecosystem, in 1991. Directed by Matt Wolf, this bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially re-imagine a new world.
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