Cause Cinema
Cause Cinema Spotlight
Cause Cinema Spotlight

Cause Cinema Spotlight

American Freedom, Falling Birds & Social Justice

Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  Where I share 3 worthy projects, typically highlighting movies and series on streaming platforms.  Occasionally, I will call attention to a film still playing a limited theatrical engagement, that will coming to streaming services very soon.  Again, My goal is to highlight engaging, often inspiring, movies and series, to save you time.  3 projects.  Under 10 minutes.  

So let’s jump in - As you must know by now, and hopefully you’ve seen the Showcase of 28 Movies we shared earlier last  week, and the list of 10 docs we presented this week we’re celebrating Black History Month!  So let’s start there.

The 1619 Project

Hulu’s six-part 1619 Docuseries is an expansion of “The 1619 Project” created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine. The series seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Watch on Hulu.

To learn more about The 1619 Project, explore the educational tools, or read the original article, click here.

Next up, an Academy Award nominee in the Best Feature Documentary category.

All That Breathes

As legions of birds fall from New Delhi's skies and the city smolders with social unrest, two brothers race to save one of the casualties: a majestic black kite, a bird of prey essential to their city's ecosystem.  This beautiful film was shot in the Hindi language and has English subtitles.  Watch on HBOMax.

And for our final pick this week…


A Raw and unflinching examination of the courageous and remarkable life of basketball star and social justice activist Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Born Chris Jackson, he overcame tremendous adversity to reach the NBA and found his true calling when he converted to Islam. His decision not to stand for the national anthem, however, turned him from prodigy to pariah. Told candidly by Abdul-Rauf himself more than 20 years later STAND IS the remarkable story of one man who kept the faith and paved the way for a social justice movement. Watch on Showtime.

That’s a wrap for the Cause Cinema Spotlight this week.  I’m Jon Fitzgerald with Filmmaking for Change. And I Hope you get a chance to enjoy these terrific projects.

Again, check out this month’s showcases at Cause Cinema, in honor of Black History Month.

And remember, word of mouth helps many of these projects and their related causes find bigger audiences.  Feel free to share these recommendations with your friends.

Until next time, you be well.

Cause Cinema
Cause Cinema Spotlight
Anchored by the concept of Filmmaking for Change, this podcast will include a combination of weekly social impact film and TV series recommendations (Cause Cinema Spotlight), with occasional showcases and collections, based on timely themes or cultural events.