January 5, 2023
Our 2023 series of films are presented this winter and spring through the continued partnership between Teaneck International Film Festival, The Puffin Foundation Ltd., PBS, and Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Film screenings are free but registration is required.
Wed, Feb 8, 2023, at 7:30pm EST
By Colin Askey, Monika Navarro, Marc Serpa Francoeur, and Robinder Uppal
As deaths in Vancouver, Canada reach an all-time high, the Overdose Prevention Society opens its doors—a renegade supervised drug consumption site that employs active and former drug users. Its staff and volunteers do whatever it takes to save lives and give hope to a marginalized community in this intimate documentary that looks beyond the stigma of people who use fentanyl and other drugs.
Wed, Mar 15, 2023, at 7:30pm EST
By Hazel Gurland-Pooler
After losing her job as a hotel worker in Las Vegas, Ruby Duncan co-founded a welfare rights group of ordinary mothers who defied notions of the “welfare queen.” In a fight for a universal basic income in 1969, Ruby and other equality activists took on the Nevada mob in organizing a massive protest that shut down Caesars Palace.
Wed, Apr 19, 2023, at 7:30pm EST
By Julie Ha, Eugene Yi, and Su Kim
Sentenced to death for a lurid 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans helped to overturn his conviction. After 10 years of fighting for his life inside San Quentin, Lee found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him.
Photo credit: Eric Sanderson
Caption: Ronnie Grigg, Trey Helton and Shawn Hefele take in the mural they’ve created in the alley behind OPS