The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) has partnered with the Justice Film Festival (JFF) of New York City to offer the Princeton community a number of films that promote social justice and celebrates emerging filmmakers from around the world. In developing this project with ODUS, JFF Founder Andy Peterson shared that “one of our values is to lift up a diverse generation of artists using the medium of film to create positive change in our world. We’re proud to say more than fifty percent of our films this year are created by women, and likewise more than fifty percent are from filmmakers who identify as black, indigenous, and people of color. Now more than ever it’s time for these voices to have a platform to share their perspectives and ideas.”
The Festival offers 43 full length and short documentaries that illuminate topics such as criminal and environmental justice, veteran care, gun reform, racial justice, refugee rights, COVID-19 and athletics. All films are offered free of charge to the University community. Viewers can access the content by visiting the site and using the access code NASSAU1746 (note that the password is case sensitive).
The Justice Film Festival is celebrating its 9th anniversary this year, and has a long and successful history of illuminating powerful narratives rooted in equity and justice and providing filmmakers a platform for artists to have their work reach wider audiences. The particular limitations of the pandemic led Andy Peterson to explore ways to offer the festival in an entirely digital programming model, but also created opportunities for new partnerships such as the one forged with ODUS. Andy writes “Connecting young leaders with films that may inspire advocacy or even a future vocation is one of the great privileges of bringing the Justice Film Festival to Princeton. And engaging with campus organizations who are involved with the issues and stories we present creates a full-circle of connection that we know will help end injustice and bring peace and change to challenged ecosystems, whether environmental or otherwise, around the world.”
These films will make important contributions to how we think and talk about justice and equity both inside and outside of the classroom. We believe that a number of these films align with campus organizations, and look forward to additional programs and events that can emerge from engaging with this content. If students have ideas about further programming, including conversations with directors of the films listed, we encourage them to reach out to Lexy Sarstedt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.