Community Cinema is a ground-breaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS. Every month between September and June, WEDU and Community Cinema bring together community members and organizations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Upcoming Screenings

September – October, 2014

MAKERS, Season 2

Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations. Learn More


November – December, 2014

Evolution of a Criminal

Years ago, 16-year-old honor student Darius Clark Monroe was arrested for robbing a Bank of America. 17 years after serving his sentence, Monroe returns to his childhood home and encounters the people affected by the robbery. In this emotionally compelling documentary, Darius, now 33, turns the camera on a past he deeply regrets and tries to reason with his decision. Watch Preview


January 22, 2015 at New College of Florida

A Path Appears

A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to empower them to lead more fulfilling lives.These troubling situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but also in our own backyards — in Chicago and Nashville and Boston. Learn More


February, 2015

American Denial

Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal identified a powerful force in American life: the acceptance of the contradiction between the American Creed held dear and political and social behavior. Through the story of Myrdal’s four-year investigation of Jim Crow racism, his own personal story and the thinking and work of select sociologists, psychologists, and historians, the film explores the contours and consequences today of implicit bias and "denial." Learn More


March – April, 2015

The Homestretch

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Kasey, Anthony and Roque – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger policy issues of juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQIA rights. Learn More


May, 2015

Limited Partnership

Limited Partnership is the love story between Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan, who, in 1975, became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. After applying for a green card for Tony based on their marriage, the couple received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service stating, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two f–gots.” Outraged at this letter, and to prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple sued the U.S. government, filing the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history. Learn More


Last Season’s Films


Community Cinema is presented by:

Community ClassroomCorporation for Public BroadcastingITVSIndependent Lens

National Endowment for the ArtsWomen & Girls LEAD