GFF’s Social Justice Film Series, sponsored by The Mauro Family Fund, presents our annual selection of films that exhibit the power of cinema to breed empathy and understanding in an effort to change the world for the better!

Through the support of The Mauro Family Fund, we bring you groundbreaking documentaries and films that will stir you from your seat, and into action!

2021 Social Justice Film Series:

Daughter of a Lost Bird

dir. Brooke Pepion Swaney
2021 | United States | 66 min
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Daughter of a Lost Bird follows Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, an American Indigenous woman adopted into a white family, as she reconnects with her Indigenous identity. The film documents Kendra’s odyssey as she finds her birth mother April, also an adoptee, and returns to her Indigenous Lummi homeland. Relying upon verité scenes as the bulk of the film, the story is intense, emotional and personal. Both women navigate what it means to be Lummi, and to belong to a tribe from the outside looking in. Daughter of a Lost Bird explores the ethical grey areas surrounding transracial adoption via a singular story as an entry point into a more complicated national issue. 

Inventing the Future

dir. Isiah Medina
2020 | Canada | 98 min
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By imaginatively creating positive visions for the future and harnessing the power of technology, this film explores what a post-work world might look like. Based on the best-selling book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work.

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

dir. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers
2021 | Canada | 125 min
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Community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders and medical professionals implement harm reduction to save lives. This work is contextualized within the historical and contemporary impacts of settler colonialism; Kímmapiyiipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy draws a line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis.

Held in love and hope for the future, Kímmapiyiipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy asks the audience to be a part of this remarkable change with the community.


dir. David Osit
2020 | United States | 89 min
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Mayor follows Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine.

Rich with detailed observation and humor, Mayor offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: how do you run a city when you don’t have a country?

No Ordinary Man

dir. Aisling Chin-Yee / Chase Joynt
2020 | Canada | 84 min
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No Ordinary Man is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivalled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honour the legacy of an unlikely hero.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

dir. Marilyn Agrelo 
2021 | United States | 107 min
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A look at the history of the long-running children’s TV show, “Sesame Street.”

Test Pattern

dir. Shatara Michelle Ford
019 | United States | 82 min
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Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit.