Friday, August 7, 2020 12:00 am

Melbourne, VIC

Introducing MIFF 68½ —
a digital film festival for 2020.

Discovering new possibilities in the face of dramatic disruptions in the global film industry, MIFF is excited to announce a new online showcase for 2020 to deliver a fresh program of new-release films from around the world.

City So Real from director Steve James will be participating in the digital showcase of over 60 features, four shorts packages, talks, events, and activations – all available to stream across Australia, from August 7th, 2020 -  August 23rd, 2020. 

Films on MIFF 68½ will be accessible from 11am AEST on Friday 7 August 2020 through to 11.59pm AEST on Sunday 23 August 2020, unless otherwise noted. 

More information regarding the festival can be found here. 

Purchasing information can be found here. 


Steve James, the visionary director of Hoop Dreams, tackles an ambitious, must-see four-part chronicle of Chicago’s 2019 mayoral elections, revealing a city divided on social-justice issues – and between Black and white.

When incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the surprise decision not to run for re-election, twelve candidates – running the gamut from conservative establishment to more radical outsiders – threw their hats into the ring. James follows a selection of these candidates as they embark on their campaigns, in the process piecing together an expansive mosaic of a city that is emblematic of conflicts and concerns across the USA.

From campaign offices to barbershops, beauty salons to Wrigley Field, City So Real admirably attempts to capture all facets of Chicago’s civic life. In total becoming an epic exploration of a city, from its elites to its outsiders, the film functions as a wholly realized portrait of community and exclusion, observing an engaged Black populace acutely aware of how their home has been designed against them. This sprawling work is a thoughtful and compelling portrait that only has more relevance following the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:00 am

Screen the film anytime from June 4th, 2020 until June 11th, 2020 at

Join the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center and Detroit Public TV in screening Judith Helfand's COOKED: Survival By Zip Code free through Thursday, June 11th.

Tune-in to a special panel discussion on June 11 from 6:30-8p ET with:

  • Judith Helfand, Director/Producer
  • Jalonne White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, Kresge Foundation
  • Trish Koman, Research Investigator, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
  • Justin Owenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club.

The panel will be moderated by Donele Wilkins, President/CEO, Green Door Initiative

Watch the film for FREE:  
Enter Screener Code: 36f1bf89
Join the panel discussion:


Friday, June 5, 2020 6:30 pm

The Next Movement Committee of the Trinity UCC Prison Ministry Presents COOKED: Survival by Zip Code,  a powerful documentary about the 1995 Chicago heat wave in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week.

Eerily similar to the way Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting the same population. The links between natural phenomena, health and wealth disparity, and extreme racism, are striking. Join the online screening on Friday, June 5th at 6:30. 

Following the film director, Judith Helfand and public health expert, Dr. Linda Rae Murray will be in conversation via Zoom at 7:30pm.

Please register at the link above in order to gain access. 

Monday, May 25, 2020 10:00 pm


More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a backdrop of a modernizing society and a booming tourism trade.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:00 pm

This screening is part of the 2019-2020 Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series sponsored by the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist and several allies. Proceeds will benefit the film's producers, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and the Mass Redistribution Fund.

Tickets must be secured in advance using the link on this page. Those registering will be sent an email with the Zoom link in advance of the screening. A panel discussion will follow the screening. We encourage generous donations to support under-resourced folks in the greater Boston area, however no one will be turned away based upon ability to pay.

In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries – Disaster Preparedness. Along the ways she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of ‘disaster’, daring to ask: what is zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:00 pm

Situated at the intersection of climate justice and the long-term struggle to dismantle structural racism, COOKED: Survival by Zip Code is a searing, yet quirky, investigation into the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the unnatural ones we’re not.

Inspired by the ground-breaking book "Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago" by Eric Klinenberg, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave--in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week--deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Along the way, Helfand forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and extreme racism, daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number and not a life-or-death sentence?

This is an Indie Lens Pop-Up OVEE Screening hosted by Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement and Arkansas PBS, in conjunction with Independent Lens, ITVS, Just Communities of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series is a joint project of Arkansas PBS (ArPBS), Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective (WFYMALC), Arkansas Minority Film & Arts Association (AMFAA), and Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM). It is a weekly series of curated inspirational documentary films with panelists. SCHEDULE April 19: True Conviction (moderated by APJMM) April 26: (moderated by AMFAA) May 3: For Sama (moderated by ACS) May 10: I Am A Girl (moderated by JCA) May 17: Music in Arkansas: Origins (moderated by ArPBS) May 24: College Behind Bars (moderated by WFYMALC)

Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00 pm

In honor or Earth Week, #StayHomeWatchTogether, a global initiative to bring groundbreaking, documentaries to online audiences this April, will host a virtual screening of COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Director Judith Helfand and Danielle Perry, Executive Director of Growing Home. Please join us!

RSVP here.


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