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Filtering by Genre: Social Issues


November 20 - 26, 2015

USA | 2015 | 93 minutes | David Felix Sutcliffe, Lyric R. Cabral

SIFF Film Center | One Week Only, Exclusive Presentation
This stunning and infuriating indictment of the war on terror is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation, following an informant on a mission to befriend a suspected jihadist.


Opens: December 3

USA | 2015 | 118 Minutes | Spike Lee

SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Seattle Exclusive
Iconoclast director Spike Lee returns with this hard-hitting, modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy "Lysistrata" that tells the story of a group of women who organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago's Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence around the world.
"5 STARS! An urgent, angry – and very sexy – midlife masterpiece. Spike Lee is back at the top of his game!" - The Guardian

Class Divide

December 2

USA | 2015 | 74 Minutes plus Q&A | Marc Levin

SIFF Cinema Uptown | HBO Documentary Films
Free Screening, RSVP here
This powerful look at gentrification and growing inequality in a microcosm explores two sides of the same street in New York's Chelsea neighborhood: one side with low-income public housing, the other with a costly private school. Post-film Q&A with director Marc Levin.


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USA | 2015 | 128 minutes | Tom McCarthy

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Acclaimed by critics as one of the year's best films, this riveting true story behind the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe story is a tense, investigative thriller following the tenacious “Spotlight” reporters–Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Brian d’Arcy James–as they reveal the decades-long cover-up of abuses in the Catholic Church.