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Who we are and what we do
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OUR MISSION:

The Meaningful Movies Project is a non-profit organization that assists neighborhoods, groups and individuals organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and relevant conversation to build positive and meaningful community and a more just and peaceful world.

It is the organizing arm of the Meaningful Movies Network, a collective of autonomous neighborhood and community Meaningful Movies groups that have agreed to work together and support one another to meet these ends.

WHO WE ARE:

“Meaningful Movies” are neighborhood film & discussion events (and groups), organized around shared principles.  We focus on social justice issues and advocacy.

“The Meaningful Movies Project” is a non-profit organization that helps neighborhoods, groups and individuals organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and conversation to build positive and meaningful community.  It is the organizing arm of the Meaningful Movies Network, facilitating communications and providing resources and support.

“The Meaningful Movies Network” is a collective of autonomous neighborhood and community Meaningful Movies groups that have agreed to work together and support one another.

WHAT WE DO:

We advocate for public discussion and critical debate in an environment where everyone is free to speak openly without fear.

We empower citizens to gather, educate, inspire, connect, and commit to effective, non-violent solutions in building a more peaceful and just world.

We support building meaningful & resilient community.

We encourage and assist communities and organizations in their efforts to become more aware of and critically analyze local, domestic and international social justice issues.

We support independent film.  To be truly sustainable, we need to view our efforts holistically. This necessarily includes the efforts of the independent film industry we depend upon (and who depend upon us), and view them as true partners in this effort.  Permission is secured for all copyrighted materials including every feature film screened.

HOW WE DO THIS:

Our Meaningful Movies events typically consist of topical documentary films, occasionally coupled with related short films, and often accompanied by speakers, filmmakers, and representatives of organizations with specific knowledge to share on the evening’s topic.

Film screenings are always followed by some form of discussion or audience engagement, where education and opportunities for involvement or advocacy are made available.   In addition, we rely on, and benefit from one another’s knowledge and experience in an environment that fosters a strong undercurrent of community building.

Events are all-volunteer organized and run.  They are always open to the public at no cost, and rely on donations from attendees to remain sustainable.   The events are “owned” by the community.

As a network of many autonomous Meaningful Movies Groups, we support one another for the common good of our own communities, as well as the larger community as a whole.

WHY WE DO THIS:

We can make positive, meaningful change in the world. It comes about simply by connecting one person to one person at a time. We quickly discover that we are far more similar in our core beliefs than we are different.

Film coupled with meaningful conversation is a subtle, yet powerful way of recognizing these similarities, rebuilding a storytelling tradition, fostering a vital community dialog and allowing true democracy to unfold.

The Meaningful Movies Project is dedicated to achieving these ends.

 

(Please see the links on the left for more information about us.)

 

We hope you will come join us at our events.
Or, if you would like to explore starting a Meaningful Movies Group in your own neighborhood, please contact us – and we will be more than glad to explain what is involved and how we might help.

Thanks!
-The Meaningful Movies team