Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free

Reminiscent of two big movies of the late 1960s, “Isadora” and “Women In Love” — both made when the Women’s Movement was gaining traction — the film is a rich tapestry of history, emotion, and visual imagery.

5th Annual Socially Relevant Film Festival Returns to New York

Nora Armani, founding artistic director, stated that the goal of the event is to “raise awareness for everyday social issues through the powerful medium of cinema.”

“The UnAmerican Struggle” — New Documentary Looks at Bigotry in Trumpland

Heidi Beirich, Director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), noted that the United States has always been “deeply racist, deeply anti-Semitic.” Beirich observed, “We have a history of all that kind of bigotry. It’s part of our DNA.”

“Trumping Democracy” — New Documentary Traces Trump’s Election Win

As a candidate, Trump stated he would express the facts “plainly and honestly.” Yet, the nonpartisan fact-checking website Politifact found differently. It showed that Trump’s statements had a 4 percent veracity rate and that 33 percent of his assertions were actually false.

“Climate of Hope” Offers Cities, Businesses and Citizens as Drivers of Climate Action

Pope and Bloomberg agree that the impetus for change is not going to come from Washington. They see cities as the drivers of change and the “key” to tackling the problems of climate change.

Abortion: Stories Women Tell

Droz Tragos follows the intimate accounts of women as they grapple with the impact of their pregnancies and how the crisis impacts the trajectory of their lives. The insights revealed are quite different from the political pronouncements of elected officials.

Chinese Dissident Wei JingSheng Featured at International Human Rights Art Festival in NYC

A top highlight of the festival was the presence of Chinese dissident Wei JingSheng. He is a renowned human rights activist, a key player in the movement for democracy in China. The testament to his time in prison, “The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings,” was released in 1997.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou’s message was universal. It was the directive to believe in your own voice, and to know that you are enough.

P.S. Jerusalem: Danae Elon Returns Home

Danae Elon’s new documentary, “P.S. Jerusalem,” offers a bird’s-eye view of a society at war externally and internally. It is a three-year visual diary. Danae records her move from Brooklyn, New York back to the city of her childhood, Jerusalem.

“After Fire” — The Challenges Facing Female Veterans

Women vets are encouraged to suppress their feelings and not appear “weak.” This leads to isolation and an absence of support.