PREMIERE COLLECTION OF FIVE, 5-MINUTE DOCUMENTARIES FROM
AMC NETWORKS’ SUNDANCENOW DOC CLUB
Films Explore Hot-Button Issues Including the Working Poor, Voting Rights,
Bail Reform, Gun Control and Gentrification
TAKE 5: JUSTICE IN AMERICA is a collection of five, 5-minute documentaries, originally commissioned and produced by AMC Networks’ SundanceNow Doc Club. The series features work from a group of filmmakers with a passion and talent for impactful, socially conscious storytelling.
Each film in the collection looks at a significant social justice issue that has inspired heated debate in the current presidential election – the plight of the working poor, gun violence, bail reform, displacement as a result of gentrification, and voting rights.
The TAKE 5: JUSTICE IN AMERICA collection is executive produced by Joyce Deep
and consists of the following five films:
A HUG FROM PAUL RYAN
Directed by: Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal)
A HUG FROM PAUL RYAN follows Tianna Gaines-Turner, one of America’s working poor, after her testimony at the 2014 House Budget Committee’s “War on Poverty” hearing. Sharing a personal moment with Congressman Paul Ryan, then House Budget Committee Chairman, Tianna hoped her voice, representative of millions of Americans, would be a call to action. One year post-hug, has anything really changed?
THE NEW FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS
Directed by: Rachel Lears (The Hand That Feeds)
THE NEW FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS turns the spotlight on North Carolina’s new voting law. One of the most restrictive in the nation, it disproportionately affects minorities, young people and the elderly. Why are so many states making it harder to vote, and what are the consequences for our democracy?
Directed by: Razan Ghalayini (Entrapped)
LIMBO exposes and questions an element of America’s criminal justice system, focusing on problematic bail regulations that discriminate against the poor and destroy young people’s futures. With pre-trial defendants making up 60% of today’s prison population, America is spending $9 billion a year on keeping 500,000 people incarcerated. Film maker Razan Ghalayini meets some of those caught in limbo and a surprising advocate for bail reform.
WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA
Directed by: Sheldon Candis (LUV)
Every 17 minutes a person is killed by a gun in America. Unable to understand his country’s love affair with guns, film maker Sheldon Candis sets out to buy a handgun in a state with the some of the toughest guns laws in America. It proves to be an easy process. Too easy….
Directed by: Nelson George (A Ballerina’s Tale, Life Support, Brooklyn Boheme)
As gentrification changes the nature of cities across America and the globe, film maker Nelson George examines this national trend and its impact on Crown Heights, a neighborhood near his home in Brooklyn, New York. The film explores the growing displacement of the working class as activists battle to stem the tide.
About SundanceNow Doc Club:
Launched in 2014, SundanceNow Doc Club, a business of AMC Networks, has quickly established itself as the go-to platform for curated documentary films. Part of the service’s mission is helping its members discover vital non-fiction films that have fallen out of the public eye; films like Shoah, This is Not a Film, Joyce at 34, the Drew Associates Collection and Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Darkside. Doc Club’s guest curators, including Anthony Bourdain, Susan Sarandon and Ira Glass, lend their unique perspective and passion for documentaries with handpicked selections of their favorite non-fiction films.