Learn about some of the biggest issues being tackled by documentary filmmakers this year! The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) and the Skirball Cultural Center are presenting five award-winning 2016 documentary feature films this summer—celebrating the stories of today’s global issues. Screenings will include discussions with filmmakers, humanitarian aid workers, government officials, NGO representatives, cultural anthropologists, social justice activists, as well as development, education, and human rights experts.

WATCH & TAKE ACTION | [1] Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy) (April 26), [2] The True Cost (May 24), [3] Omo Child: The River and the Bush (June 28), [4] Dreamcatcher (July 26), [5] Tell Spring Not to Come This Year (August 23).

Part I: April, May, June

Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy)

Featuring a Panel Discussion and Q&A with Director Steve Hoover

Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Discover the story of Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a pastor who has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine.

Award-winning director Steve Hoover (Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Blood Brother) presents a captivating portrait of a man who, amidst the ongoing struggle for post-Soviet revitalization in Ukraine, still has hope for the future. (Ukraine, 2015, 96 min. No MPAA rating. Viewer discretion advised. In English and Russian with English subtitles.)

Winner of the SIMA 2016 Awards for Best Documentary and Best Editing, as well as the Jury Prize for Stylistic Achievement.

A panel discussion and Q&A with director Steve Hoover, Robert English (professor and director of the USC School of International Relations), and Elizabeth Calvin (Senior Advocate, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch) follow the screening.

In partnership with: Human Rights Watch

The True Cost

Featuring a Panel Discussion and Q&A

Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. A groundbreaking documentary about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on the world, The True Cost asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing.

Spotlighting stories from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers, including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. Directed by Andrew Morgan. (USA, 2014, 92 min. Rated PG-13.)

Winner of the SIMA 2016 Jury Prize for Lens to Action.

A panel discussion and Q&A with Ann Wang (CEO and cofounder of the online marketplace Enrou) and Taryn Hipwell (founder and creator of EcoDivas TV and instructor at FIDM) follow the screening.

Omo Child: The River and the Bush

Featuring a Q&A with Director John Rowe

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

At the age of fifteen, Kara native Lale Labuko learns of mingi. This traditional belief held by the Kara tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia demands that certain individuals—whether those born out of wedlock, or whose top teeth grow in before their bottom teeth, or who are born a twin—are “cursed” and should be killed.

Lale not only strives to save these children’s lives by adopting them as his own, he also attempts to reconcile with Kara elders to end the practice in order to protect the longevity of his people and his culture. Filmed over a five-year period, this documentary paints stunning portraits of Ethiopian landscapes as it follows Lale’s journey where he confronts his own death, negotiates deeply rooted superstition, and navigates the difficult position of leading a cultural movement. Directed by John Rowe. (Ethiopia, 2015, 89 min. No MPAA rating. In English, Kara, and Amharic with English subtitles.)

Winner of the SIMA 2016 Jury Prize for Ethos.

A Q&A with director John Rowe, moderated by David Craig (judge for SIMA and clinical assistant professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism), follows the screening.

Watch the Trailers:

Stay tuned for more info on Dreamcatcher (July 26) and Tell Spring Not to Come This Year (August 23).


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