Take Action Day Speakers & Panelists Round Out Social Justice Films Lineup

July 14, 2016

Take Action Day
Repairing the world, one film at a time
Friday, July 29 at the Castro Theatre

The complete list of guest speakers and panelists participating in the SFJFF36 Take Action Day has been announced, with representatives of Out and Equal, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Equal Justice Society, NARAL, PolicyLink, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, Futures Without Violence and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice joining filmmakers for a daylong program focused on social justice films in the spirit of the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Award-winning filmmaker Susan Stern will moderate the day. (Pictured: Class Divide | 6:40PM)

Take Action Panel: The LGBTQ Movement Post Marriage
Following the film: ​The Freedom to Marry

Moderator: ​Bay Area Filmmaker ​Susan Stern (Barbie Nation, Self­-Made Man)


One year after the historic Supreme Court Decision affirming LGBT rights to marriage equality, what is the current state of the LGBT movement? As The Freedom to Marry shows in inspiring detail, the LGBT movement is one of the most visionary and effective movements of our time. Hence the backlash: Almost 200 laws in 34 states have been introduced to abridge LGBT rights; trans people are especially threatened and the everyday violence that LGBT people face came into national focus this summer in Orlando. How are the visionaries in this movement thinking about the future? How are films shining a light on change makers and what lessons can we learn from their efforts?

This panel is a free event

A Discussion Following the a Screening of A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone


How can art be used as a powerful tool to address the social justice issues of our times? What is the role of art in engaging and empowering young people in marginalized communities.

A Discussion Following the Screening of Abortion: Stories Women Tell


Following the Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, this discussion will focus on the state of abortion and reproductive rights nationwide, the status of the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers ( TRAP) laws, and the legal issues surrounding access for all women.

A Discussion Following the Screening of Class Divide


This film focuses on issues of income inequality, gentrification and urban development in New York. Income inequality became a major focus of the democratic party’s primary process with the gap between rich and poor in America growing wider. This panel looks at the implications of income inequality as it relates to education, housing, urban life in SF. How is economic inequality showing up in the Bay Area and how can we make sense of what is happening in our cities?

A Discussion Following the Screening of Audrie and Daisy


This post film discussion will focus on violence against women and children in the age of social media. How are we working as a society to respond to the objectification of women and girls, date rape, sexual assault and online bullying? How are women and girls being empowered to face contemporary manifestations of violence in our culture.

Sponsored by the Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Inspiring communities to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media and dialogue. Presented by the Jewish Film Institute! www.jfi.org

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