Travel from the alleys of Northern Ireland to the plateaus of Tibet, from the crowded protests on Wall Street to the slums of South Africa—all in the span of a day. This year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will help you do just that, presenting ten documentaries nominated for the prestigious Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award.
The nominated films are Angels in Exile; Art of Conflict; El Milagro; High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau; It’s Better To Jump; Musicwood; Occupy the Movie; Revolution; Stable Life and The World Before Her.
These films display extraordinary efforts to rally public awareness in the area of social justice issues. Geoff Green, executive director of Fund for Santa Barbara, considers film the leading medium in uncovering these controversies.
“Documentary films have long been an important tool in addressing critical social justice issues, exposing environmental disasters and advancing human rights,” Green says.
An award of $2,500 is on the line in this competition, and the winning filmmaker will be announced during SBIFF on February 3rd. Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery / Arts & Letters Café will host a reception with the filmmakers on January 25th from 5-7pm. This gathering is open to the public. For reservations, call 805-962-9164.
A full list and synopses of the nominated films can be found here.
Catch these documentaries as well as other award-winning films during the SBIFF from January 24th to February 3rd. Tickets for specific SBIFF events are available online here or you can buy an all-access pass. Check out a full listing of SBIFF films here.