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SIMA Impact Cinema:
2016 Winners Series at the Skirball

Don't miss this documentary series celebrating storytelling from the front lines of today’s global issues. On the fourth Tuesday of every month from April to August, the Skirball and SIMA co-present five award-winning films from the fourth annual Social Impact Media Awards that exemplify excellence in their potential to inspire social change. Stay after the screenings for insightful moderated discussions with filmmakers and key stakeholders in the issues at hand.
Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy)
Apr 26 

Discover the story of Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a pastor who has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. Come face-to-face with this local vigilante who, amidst the ongoing struggle for post-Soviet revitalization in Ukraine, still has hope for the future. 

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The True Cost
May 24

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. An investigation about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on the world, The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing.

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Omo Child: The River and the Bush
Jun 28

Learn about the bleak fates of "cursed" children in the Kara tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. While traditional beliefs demand that these children—whether born out of wedlock, or whose top teeth grow in before their bottom teeth, or those who are born a twin—should be killed, one man navigates the difficulties of upending a deeply rooted superstition and leading a cultural movement. 

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Jul 26

Examine the cycle of neglect, violence, and exploitation that leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women believing that prostitution is their only option to survive. This unflinching exposé contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many. 

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Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
Aug 23

Explore the Afghan National Army Unit's harrowing first year without NATO support. This intimate and humanist film gives voice to a largely unheard and misrepresented perspective, revealing the deep personal motivations, desires, and struggles of men on the front lines.

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City of Gold
Mar 11, 12, 13

Pulitzer Prize–winning food critic Jonathan Gold illuminates the cultures and cuisines of Los Angeles in City of Gold, in select theaters this weekend! See Jonathan himself, along with director Laura Gabbert at select Los Angeles screenings for LIVE post-screening Q&As.

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Image credits, from left to right: Omo Child: The River and the Bush film still, courtesy of Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA); Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy) film still, courtesy of SIMA; The True Cost film still, courtesy of SIMA; Omo Child: The River and the Bush film still, courtesy of SIMA; Dreamcatcher film still, courtesy of SIMA; Tell Spring Not to Come This Year film still, courtesy of SIMA.
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