Since the Utah Film Center’s founding in 2002, we have strived to show films that help us to understand our diverse and dynamic world. Sadly, racism, social inequality, and injustice are recurring themes in our programming. We believe film has the power to encourage dialog, empathy, and understanding, with the hope of building a better world.
It has been challenging to make sense of the events of the past week, but one thing is certain: in order for our country to heal we need to acknowledge that we have a problem. For too long racial inequality has been a wound that has been ignored and allowed to fester.
To show our support for a much-needed systemic shift and to honor all of the victims of racist violence we have postponed tonight’s screening of No Man’s Land.
Instead, we encourage you to watch one of the following films that can help to illuminate the Black experience in America for those who aren’t experiencing it firsthand:
- 13th – Netflix or free on Netflix’s YouTube page
- Always in Season – Available on PBS
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – Free for the month of June on PBS or rent on Amazon or iTunes
- Clemency – Rent on Amazon or iTunes
- Crime + Punishment – Available on Hulu
- For Ahkeem – Free on Tubi, available on Hulu, for rent at Amazon or iTunes
- Fruitvale Station – Free on Tubi or rent on Amazon or iTunes
- Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Rent on Amazon or iTunes
- I Am Not Your Negro – Free with subscription on Amazon or rent on Utah Film Center or iTunes
- If Beale Street Could Talk – Available on Hulu or rent on Amazon or iTunes
- Just Mercy – Available for rent (free for the month of June) Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube
- King in the Wilderness – Free on Kunhardt Film’s YouTube page, available on HBO & Hulu, or rent on Amazon or iTunes
- Say Her Name: The Life and Death Of Sandra Bland – Available on HBO or rent on Amazon, on iTunes
- Selma – Rent on Amazon or iTunes
- True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality – Free on Kunhardt Film’s YouTube page, available on HBO
- We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest – HBO
The team at Utah Film Center is working on programming that is directly related to the events of the past week and will continue to curate films that we hope can inspire all of us to be better humans. We want to thank our patrons for participating in our vision of a more informed and inclusive community, a community where we stand up and show up for each other, where Black lives matter, and racism and bigotry are not accepted.