Tag Archives: Race

Race, Justice and Media – A Special Event Report

On November 20, 2014, as the world waited for the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, Media Impact Funders and The Atlantic Philanthropies hosted a conversation on race, justice and media with philanthropic leaders and media makers. The event was designed to explore how media is changing public opinion and policy on multiple criminal justice issues — from the school-to-prison pipeline, to racial profiling, to wrongful prosecution and beyond. Read more

Media Impact Focus: Race, Justice and Media

For many Americans of color, our criminal justice system seems far from just. Historical inequities have contributed to a chronically fraught relationship between police and minority communities, and numerous questions about prisoner treatment plague our system, which has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world. As a society, how can we affirm the value of law and order while still making sure it is fair for the most vulnerable among us? Read more

Media Impact Forum—Documentary Photography: Representing Identity

The final panel of the 2014 Media Impact Forum featured three very different documentary photography projects, each innovative in its own way. Each speaker addressed core principles: how the perspective of the person behind the camera can change the way viewers relate to the subject, and how this can help to chip away at traditional negative stereotypes. Read more

American Arab

Funded by: MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation

In Kartemquin’s American Arab, Iraqi-born Director Usama Alshaibi takes a provocative look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America, weaving his own life’s journey and “coming-of-Arab” experiences into the life stories of several diverse characters. Exploring the values, passions, and hopes of his fellow Arab-Americans, Usama tries to make peace with his conflicted chosen homeland. Read more

The House I live in

Funded by: The Ford Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, RiverStyx Foundation, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Wallace Global Fund, The Bertha Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Soros Justice Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute, The Libra Foundation, Riley Productions, The Brightwater Fund

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Read more

Middle of Nowhere

Funded by: Sundance Institute, Participant Media

As Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) rides a bus through the inner city streets, she wills herself to push away memories that crowd her.  Four years earlier, she was a vibrant medical student married to the love of her life, Derek (Omari Hardwick). Now, she makes her way to the maximum security prison on the outskirts of town. This is where her love now resides. Read more

Slavery by Another Name

Funded by: The National Endowment for the Humanities, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and the CPB Diversity and Innovation Fund

Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Read more

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status — denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Read more

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