Robert Redford kicked off this year’s Sundance Film Festival on a more somber note than usual. His opening remarks at the festival he founded addressed the recent debate about the connection between films and violence in the wake of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. Redford concluded that it is “not only appropriate, but overdue, to have a dialogue.”
It’s an axiom that films are a reflection of the culture we live in, and Sundance has long been the launching pad for discussions on tough issues facing society here and around the world. This year is no different. In relation to gun violence, the festival has programmed such films as Blue Caprice, a dramatic examination of the perpetrators behind the D.C. sniper shooting spree of 2002, Valentine Road, a documentary about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King at the hands of a middle school classmate, and the short Gun, which tells of the psychological impact upon a man who puchases a weapon after his home is broken into.
Aside from guns, the festival is playing host to a whole wave of films that uncover new truths about the social issues of our day.
Click through for ten social justice movies that aim to start meaningful conversations that will extend far outside the theater.
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