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Subject: Social Justice

Justice is not always easily won for exploited children, women’s struggles, civil rights, and those who fight to reconcile the inequities and right the wrongs.

4 Little Girls

  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Production Country: United States

On Sunday, September 15, 1963, a bomb went off under the steps of an African-American church, killing four African-American girls. Less than a year later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law—in large part because of the national outcry after the bombing. But no matter the resulting changes in society, four families were still without their daughters and four lives had been ended, forever.

A Time to Kill

  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Production Country: United States

Convinced that the two white men who brutalized his ten-year-old daughter will not be convicted, an outraged father, Carl, takes justice into his own hands; however, the murder of two whites by a black man creates a firestorm of reaction in the small Mississippi town that was content to let the rape of a black child pass. As the Ku Klux Klan reunites and violence grows in the town, a young white lawyer tries to figure out how to get Carl acquitted for his crimes.

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community

  • Director: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
  • Release Date: 1984
  • Production Country: United States

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, cultural attitudes and associated laws about sexuality gradually shifted and, by the 1950s, rigidly defined gender roles and often draconian laws against "deviance" and same-sex social behavior had become the norm rather than the exception in the United States, with often devastating results for the LGBT community.

Best Boy

  • Director: Ira Wohl
  • Release Date: 1979
  • Production Country: United States

An elderly couple must figure out what will happen to their mentally handicapped son when they die, while the fifty-two-year old son discovers that he is capable of caring for himself.

Best Man: 'Best Boy' and All of Us Twenty Years Later

  • Director: Ira Wohl
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Production Country: United States

In the twenty years since his elderly parents sent him to live in a group home, Philly has established a life for himself and attained some independence. But there are two things the 72-year-old mentally-challenged Billy has yet to do: fly in an airplane and have his Bar Mitzvah.

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