First Friday Films

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REEL Social Justice Series

Milwaukee Movies that matter
Free snacks
Interesting people
Snacks & socializing 6:30 p.m.
Film 7:00 p.m.
Childcare available with pre-registration
Contact maryalice1930atgmail [dot] com (subject: First%20Friday%20Films) (Mary-Alice Martines)


2014-2015 Schedule

A greater knowledge of social issues means more effective social action.  First Friday Films offers an inspiring series of solutions-focused films. Each is created to educate, spark conversation and stir the con­scious viewer to act on issues of social justice, ecological responsibility, politics and more. This is an opportunity to see that social actions really can—and do—work in the real world.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Discussion follows as time allows. Evening ends at 9:15 p.m.

Friday, February 6, 2015




Called “the most dignified and evidenced response possible to the blithe assertion that we now live in a ‘post-racial’ America” by YES magazine, Producer/Director Shakti Butler’s film asks us to talk about the causes and consequences of systematic inequity, and seeks to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes, and pre-judgments within us. 


Friday, March 6, 2015

FLYING PAPER (70 min.)

In 2010, Directors Nitin Sawhteney and Roger Hill began training a team of Palestinian youth to capture on film the culture of kite-making and flying among the young, and their quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. The resulting documentary tells the uplifting story of resilient young Palestinians and their record-breaking event, despite the destruction around them and the blockade in Gaza.

Friday, April 3, 2015 FRESH:  New Thinking About What We’re Eating (72 min.)

Celebrate the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing our food system away from the industrial model and its contamination, pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity.  Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, the new ethos is the call to action America has been waiting for. And Milwaukee’s own Will Allen is featured, among other heroes.

Friday, May 1, 2015 SHIFT CHANGE (70 min.)

Many are disillusioned with big banks, big business, and growing inequity; employee ownership offers real solutions for workers and communities. Many are looking to Mondragon, Spain, where 60% of local residents are employee-owners, as a model.  Vibrant worker-owner companies are highlighted in this forward-looking, promising new economy.  You will get to see all of this — Mondragon to Madison — and it will gladden you.