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For Ahkeem

For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of a black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis, whose journey through school, teenage parenthood and the criminal justice system illuminates the challenges that many black teenagers face in America today–and the resilience it takes to survive.

With a diverse stable of organizational partners, Film Sprout is developing classroom materials for For Ahkeem, offering the film as a powerful resource for racial equity and criminal justice advocates working to dismantle America’s school-to-prison pipeline.

 

For Ahkeem

Knife Skills

An Oscar®-nominated documentary about reentry, second chances, and the healing power of good food, Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwin’s restaurant in Cleveland, where all the staff are just out of prison. The film follows three trainees, tracing their struggle to launch new lives on the outside.

In tandem with Second Chance Month in April 2018, Film Sprout is bringing Knife Skills on a tour that will shine a spotlight on community reentry efforts and the power of employers to offer the formerly incarcerated a second chance.

 

Knife Skills

The Judge

When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. Just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a courts. Her story offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud: her brave journey as a lawyer and her tireless fight for justice for women.

In conjunction with its theatrical release, Film Sprout is launching The Judge on a national grassroots tour in Spring 2018.

 

The Judge

Big Sonia

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 92-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide.

In conjunction with its theatrical release, Film Sprout coordinated more than 100 screenings of Big Sonia in an 10-month tour launching in Spring 2017.

 

Big Sonia

Unrest

Jennifer Brea, a Harvard PhD student, is about to marry the love of her life when she suddenly becomes severely ill. Confined to the private space of her bedroom, she seeks answers and community by grabbing a camera and filming her darkest moments as she is derailed by M.E., commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A love story and an international journey into the history, culture and gendering of medicine, Unrest reveals the tenacity of a patient community that refuses to give up.

In conjunction with its theatrical release, Film Sprout launched Unrest on a national grassroots tour in the fall and winter of 2017.

 

Unrest

Whose Streets?

Told by the activists and leaders who are living and breathing the movement for racial justice in America, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising and the young community members who are fighting not only for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

In partnership with Magnolia Pictures, Film Sprout launched Whose Streets? on a national grassroots tour in Fall 2017.

 

Whose Streets?

One Big Home

On the island of Martha’s Vineyard, trophy homes threaten to destroy the community’s unique character. One Big Home follows a carpenter’s journey to understand a trend towards oversized and underused houses. Will our culture of building bigger at any cost continue? Or can a movement towards sustainability protect an island’s sense of place, history and natural beauty?

Film Sprout brought the film on a grassroots tour of more than fifty communities across the country in early 2017. Read more in our final report.

 

One Big Home

Care

Care pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of in-home elder care. Beautifully shot and deeply moving, the film reveals the deep bonds that form between paid care workers and elders, while exposing the cracks in the US care system.

Film Sprout managed national partnership relations; digital content; and a grassroots tour of more than sixty communities across the country for Care in 2017. Read more in our final report.

 

Care

Where To Invade Next

In Where To Invade Next, filmmaker Michael Moore descends on Europe to study how other countries view work, education, health care, sex, and equality. Through his travels, we discover just how different America is from the rest of the world–and what we can learn from it.

Film Sprout managed the film’s national grassroots tour, which brought the film to more than one hundred campuses and communities across the country in early 2016.

Where To Invade Next

Almost Sunrise

Almost Sunrise is a story of veteran resilience and recovery. Following two Iraq veterans as they embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America, the film captures an intimate portrait of veteran suffering and reveals the restorative power of silence and meditation.

Film Sprout created a grassroots tour that brought Almost Sunrise to more than one hundred and thirty campuses and communities across the country in a nine-month campaign in 2016-2017. Read more in our final report.

Almost Sunrise