Global Watch 2018: Crisis & Social Action

A year-round documentary series that untangles the stories behind the headlines, sheds light in dark corners, and introduces us to the people working to make the world a better place.

Global Watch is programmed by Brian Ackerman, and Andrew Jupin, and Saidah Russell.

He Named Me Malala Oct. 9–22 An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus…
Welcome To Leith Oct. 13 Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As…
(T)ERROR Oct. 26 The first film to capture an FBI sting as it unfolds, (T)error is a gripping real-life thriller. When FBI informant Saeed “Shariff”…
Of Men And War Nov. 11 Providing a visceral and unflinching look into the lives veterans, Of Men and War’s lens intimately follows the recovery efforts of twelve veterans suffering from PTSD.…
Cartel Land Nov. 18 Produced by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Cartel Land is a riveting and visceral on-the-ground look at…
Dreamcatcher Dec. 17 “You got any dreams you wanna catch?” Sundance award winner Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of…
Frame by Frame Jan. 14 When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a…
Jim: The James Foley Story Feb. 23 Audience Award Winner: US Documentary, Sundance Film Festival On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the…
The Look of Silence Feb. 25 Oscar Nominee, Best Documentary Feature The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of…
Where to Invade Next Mar. 4–24 The most influential documentary filmmaker of this generation, Michael Moore, is back with a terrific— and entertaining— movie that does…
Dear President Obama Mar. 16 Pipeline Event! Narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, the film is a direct appeal to President Obama as he shapes his…
Looking at Radicalization through Film and New Media Mar. 17 with Filmmakers-in-Residence Maryam Ebrahimi and Hind Bensari How have film and media portrayals about the radicalization process shaped the conversation around the world? Join us for a…
The Fear Of 13 Apr. 21 Special Preview Screening! I rarely ever stand on my chair and shout that people must see a film, but after…
Thank You For Your Service June 14 Q&A and Reception The US military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. The Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts 20%…
Trapped June 29 Q&A Jennifer Sandman, Planned Parenthood Federation of America What remains of a woman’s right to choose? Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state…
Audrie & Daisy Sep. 21 Q&A filmmaker Jon Shenk The story of two underage girls who went to parties, drank alcohol, passed out, and were sexually assaulted by guys they’d…
When Two Worlds Collide Oct. 10 In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing…
Sonita Oct. 10 Q&A filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Magham Originally scheduled for Sept 7 Winner of the Audience Award and the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the…
A Revolution in Four Seasons Oct. 17 Q&A filmmaker Jessie Deeter The story of secular journalist Emna and Islamist Parliament member Jawhara, two women with opposing political views who fight for…
The Ivory Game Nov. 9 From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly…
Marathon: The Patriot’s Day Bombing Nov. 16 In the latest documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (In My Father’s House, Joan Rivers: A Piece…
The Uncondemned Dec. 1 Q&A Sara Dareshori with Stephen Apkon The Uncondemned tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to…
Tower Dec. 12 August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of…
In the Shadow of the Hill Feb. 6 In the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the Brazilian government initiated a series of programs aimed…
Disturbing the Peace Feb. 21 In a world filled with conflict, in an area where people have abandoned the idea of peace, emerges an energy…
Behemoth Apr. 10 From acclaimed filmmaker Zhao Liang comes the mesmerizing Behemoth. Poetic and understated, this stunningly photographed documentary begins with a mining…
Tickling Giants May 12 Q&A filmmaker Sara Taksler with JBFC Creative Culture Director Sean Weiner The astonishing career of Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-political satirist Bassem Youssef is chronicled in this documentary directed by Daily Show producer…
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Aug. 4–10 A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, a riveting and rousing follow-up shows just…
Intent to Destroy Sep. 10 Q&A director Joe Berlinger with JBFC founder Steve Apkon “…a smart and affecting portrait of the powerful effects of living in a culture where media can both reflect and…
Human Flow Oct. 20–26 Westchester Exclusive! Visionary artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) returns with a haunting new documentary following the plight of 65 million displaced…
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Mar. 2–8 Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature The saga of the immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings, which serves clients in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Incredibly, Abacus…
Last Men in Aleppo Mar. 2–8 Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this breathtaking work—a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage…
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Mar. 8 Q&A Food Bank for Westchester President & CEO Leslie Gordon and Director, Operations and Food Sourcing Bob Silvia Wasted! The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the…
Miss Kiet's Children Mar. 12 “Much like a day at elementary school, this vérité wonder is exhausting, heartening, raucous, tender, occasionally dull, sometimes tearful, and…
King in the Wilderness Apr. 4 Q&A filmmaker Peter Kunhardt & producer Teddy Kunhardt with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman “Kunhardt’s film eloquently reiterates the case that King’s assassination is one of the historical tragedies that define America, and that…
Machines Apr. 4 “A bracingly physical documentary about the true cost of cheap labor.” (Indiewire) Marrying stunning visuals with social advocacy, Rahul Jain’s…
The Heart of Nuba Apr. 28 Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of…
This is Home June 12 This Screening Has Been Cancelled THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Only 21,000 out of five million Syrian refugees have been accepted into the US since…
The Peacemaker July 12 Q&A filmmaker James Demo with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas The Peacemaker follows the life and work of Padraig O’Malley, a man who has acted as a negotiator of reconciliation…
The Devil We Know Oct. 2 Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of West Virginia citizens takes on a powerful…
The Panama Papers Nov. 26 Q&A filmmaker Alex Winter with JBFC Senior Programmer Andrew Jupin The Panama Papers charts the story of the massive data leak that exposed the largest global corruption scandal in history.…
The Feeling of Being Watched Dec. 13 Q&A filmmaker Assia Boundaoui and editor Rabab Haj Yahya When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers thousands of pages of…
What is Democracy? Jan. 17 Q&A filmmaker Astra Taylor with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman Director Astra Taylor’s (Examined Life, Zizek!) idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to…

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