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Overview

JustFilms empowers and supports a community of intrepid, inspired film and digital storytellers. Their work thrills and unsettles us, challenging our understanding of justice and urging us toward meaningful change.

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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

People are increasingly overwhelmed by the amount of media directed at them; many are skeptical of its quality and purpose. There’s a critical need for stories from global communities that offer unique insight into our complex world. But support for independently produced projects that address contemporary issues in authentic, compelling ways is severely limited, which restricts the creation, distribution and impact of these works.

What We’re Doing

JustFilms believes that independent film and digital storytelling are vital tools in the pursuit of justice and equity. They inspire imagination and new understandings, encourage civic dialogue and active community engagement, strengthen freedom of expression and showcase the rich diversity of the human experience.

We support work that educates, entertains and creates progress toward social justice by telling stories that have the power to transform how we think and act. We build networks internationally to connect courageous visual storytellers and the organizations they work with, amplifying their messages and extending the impact of their projects.

JustFilms lifts up the voices of vulnerable communities, expanding opportunities for civic discourse and community-building and affirming the central role of culture in social justice work. Our strategy is informed by the foundation’s long history of supporting transformative independent documentaries that have had a profound effect on the public consciousness.

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.

Visit For Grant Seekers for more information on what we fund and what we do not fund.


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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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Team

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