Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide
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Overview

The goal of this initiative is to advance social justice worldwide through the talent of emerging and established filmmakers.

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American Promise American Promise

Title:
American Promise
Credits:
Directors: Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson
Released:
2012
Description:
Follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.
Source:
55952664

Endgame: AIDS in Black America Endgame: AIDS in Black America

Title:
Endgame: AIDS in Black America
Credits:
Director: Renata Simone
Released:
2012
Description:
Through intimate interviews, this groundbreaking film explores how prejudice, silence and stigma allowed HIV to spread deep into the black community.
Source:
63580428

JustFilms: Stories That Engage and Inspire JustFilms 2013

Title:
JustFilms: Stories That Engage and Inspire
Description:
A look at some of the documentaries supported by Ford Foundation JustFilms, which funds works that engage with urgent issues and have the potential to change the world.
Source:
57605107

Gideon's Army Gideon's Army

Title:
Gideon's Army
Credits:
Director: Dawn Porter
Released:
2012
Description:
Three young public defenders in the Deep South face long hours, heavy caseloads and minimal resources in their efforts to ensure that justice is served.
Source:
55968047

God Loves Uganda God Loves Uganda

Title:
God Loves Uganda
Credits:
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Released:
2012
Description:
With values imported from America’s Christian Right, missionaries in Uganda attempt to eliminate “sexual sin” and advance anti-gay legislation.
Source:
55956497

American Promise American Promise

Title:
American Promise
Credits:
Directors: Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson
Released:
2012
Description:
Follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.
Source:
55952664

Endgame: AIDS in Black America Endgame: AIDS in Black America

Title:
Endgame: AIDS in Black America
Credits:
Director: Renata Simone
Released:
2012
Description:
Through intimate interviews, this groundbreaking film explores how prejudice, silence and stigma allowed HIV to spread deep into the black community.
Source:
63580428

The Challenge

With the explosion of digital media production over the past decade, there is far more film and video content available from which audiences can choose. But it remains a challenge for most documentary filmmakers to find support—and audiences—for works that address social issues in meaningful and compelling ways. JustFilms seeks to support courageous filmmakers to complete their important works and to help them reach a growing audience of engaged and socially conscious viewers.

What We’re Doing

We believe that visual narratives play an indispensable role in the search for justice in society. They inspire imagination and new understanding, encourage civic dialogue and engagement, and showcase the rich diversity of the human experience. JustFilms supports works that educate, motivate and create positive change in people’s lives by conveying stories that have the power to transform how we think and act.

We seek to:

  • Enlarge the conversation on issues of importance by investing in documentary films that capture people’s imaginations and engage them in shaping their futures.
  • Expand the community of independent documentary filmmakers and lift the voices of new and innovative filmmakers from around the world.
  • Help filmmakers craft important stories, and also develop strategies for finding and building audiences across a variety of platforms.

JustFilms deepens the Ford Foundation’s support for hallmark documentary films. Building on 75 years of support for the visual arts, JustFilms follows three distinct avenues for finding and supporting film projects that explore important social justice issues around the world.

Visit our Film Collection to see the films the Ford Foundation has supported.

Learn more about our Strategy and Partners, and how our approaches shape our Grant Making.

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Partners

Sundance Institute

Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers.

Tribeca Film Institute

The Tribeca Film Institute is a nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.

ITVS

The Independent Television Service, ITVS, funds, presents and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, and innovative new media projects on the Web.

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