The Chicago Social Justice Lens Film Series

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Our Planet, Ourselves 

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Our Planet, Ourselves is the 3rd annual documentary film series hosted by the Social Justice Initiative. Five films will be screened throughout the fall of 2017. Each Film will focus on one of four areas: Climate justice, health, environmental racism and land rights. 
This eye-opening series explores the local and global changes in our food, water, land, and natural resources and how these changes impact our communities and our planet. Guest speakers for each film will lead conversations with audience members to dig deeper into the issues and explore solutions to the challenges posed in the documentaries.

**ALL FILMS begin at 6:00pm at the Pop-up Just Art Gallery, 1344 S. Halsted St.**



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August 31, 2016
This Changes Everything

This film explores the idea that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform the economic system into something radically better. Filmed in nine countries and five continents, the documentary confronts climate crisis as a way to empower communities to collectively rebuild the world as we know it.


September 12, 2017

What the Health

This controversial film explores chronic diseases, food production and the role of the nation’s

leading health organizations in growing health concerns.



Flint Water Crisis 2017

Flint Michigan’s water supply has been contaminated with lead and other toxins.

This short film explores how residents are coping in the three years since the ongoing

environmental disaster was declared.


October 12
Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock
This film chronicles the police violence against water protectors at Standing Rock and

captures the story of the Native-led fight to protect the land.


October 30
Arc of Justice
Arc of Justice traces the remarkable struggle for racial justice and economic empowerment

among African Americans in southwest Georgia.