Our JustFilms initiative has provided support to four independent films selected for competition and premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival—the world’s leading showcase for independent filmmaking—as well as to a range of key organizations working globally to support these filmmakers. Through creative storytelling, this year’s powerful films draw attention to issues of justice, equality, and free expression.


The films

3½ Minutes
Directed by Marc  Silver
A dissection of the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the aftermath of this systemic tragedy, and the contradictions within  the American criminal justice system.


Best of Enemies

Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
A behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and their rancorous disagreements about politics, God, and sex.


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Directed by Stanley Nelson
The first feature-length documentary to explore the Black  Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, the role it  played in the cultural and political awakening of black people, and the painful lessons wrought when the movement derailed.


Sembene!
Directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman
A biographical celebration of Ousmane Sembene, the "father of African cinema," and his monumental, 50-year-long battle to give Africans a voice.

 

More information
  • Read the press release about this year’s films at the Sundance Film Festival
  • To view the films we have supported over the years, visit our film  collection    
  • Learn more about the Sundance Film Festival and follow the festival on Twitter: @sundancefest  

 

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Filmmaker @sleochiang @MrCaoFilm selected as a 2017 Rockwood #JustFilms Fellow. Congrats! bit.ly/2q89ZFW

27 April 2017

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27 April 2017

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26 April 2017

Join us in congratulating these awesome #filmmakers & 2017 Rockwood #JustFilms fellows: bit.ly/2pganSvtwitter.com/i/web/status/8…

25 April 2017

...possible. Thank you to #CaliforniaHumanities, a non-profit partner of the #NationalEndowment4theHumanities, #JustFilms #FordFoundation

21 April 2017

Our own @OliviaBenson moderating the panel this evening for the @wgfpa #justfilms series for @EqualMeansEqual pic.twitter.com/AquVDQA8uH

21 April 2017

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