First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival

Free showings of socially relevant films followed by a (usually intense) discussion of actions we can take.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, dedicated to the UU Seven Principles, and to our own church covenant to honor each individual’s spiritual journey, celebrate life’s abundance in service to each other, our community, and the world, and to connect with each other in love, respect and acceptance.

First Tuesday Social Justice Film series was begun by Stephen and Rachel Betzen.

Mission: To give the public a chance to view films with socially significant messages and provide a forum to discuss the topics of the films.

Free Film Screening Feb 4th: Reminder - Strange Fruit & More Than A Month -

Free Film Screening Jan 7th Reminder - The Atomic Cafe -

Free Film Screening Jan 7th Reminder - The Atomic Cafe -

Free Film Screening Jan 7th: The Atomic Cafe -

Free Film Screening Dec 3rd: We Are Witnesses - Becoming An American -

Free Film Screening Dec 3rd: We Are Witnesses - Becoming An American -

Free Film Screening Reminder - Nov 5th: ABACUS - Small Enough To Jail -

Free Film Screening Reminder -Nov 5th: ABACUS: Small Enough To Jail -

Free Film Screening Reminder - Oct 1st: Documenting Hate:Charlottesville & New American Nazis -

Free Film Screening - Oct 1st: Documenting Hate:Charlottesville -

Free Film Screening Reminder - Sept 3rd: Pick Of The Litter -

[08/28/19]   The Humane Society of Dallas County has signed on as a cosponsor of our screening of Pick of the Litter on Sept 3rd!

Free Film Screening - Sept 3rd: Pick Of The Litter -

Free Film Screening Reminder - August 6th: The Most Dangerous Year -

Free Film Screening, August 6th: The Most Dangerous Year -

Free Film Screening - Reminder - July 2nd: RBG -

Black Columbia law students force Central Park 5 prosecutor to resign

Following up on our screening of the Central Park Five. When they hear us. This time, Columbia University was forced to see and hear members of the distinguished Black Law Student Association as these future legal lions roared across this prestigious, picturesque Ivy League institution and called for the resignation of Elizabeth Lederer, a lead prosecuto...

Ginsburg wins 'Best Real-Life Hero' at MTV Movie & TV Awards

July 2nd! We are screening RBG. Come and see what all the fuss it about! If you already know, come enjoy the story of this amazing real life hero told in a great film. And please invite all your friends! Ruth Bader Ginsburg can add a surprising distinction to her list of honors: She’s the winner of an MTV Movie & TV Award.

Free Film Screening - Reminder - June 4th: 13th -

Free Film Screening - June 4th: 13th -

Free Film Screening - Next Tuesday, May 7th: Private Violence -

Free Film Screening - May 7th: Private Violence -

Free Film Screening - This Evening - April 2nd: The Brainwashing of My Dad -

A special film event being presented by our friends at CitySquare! Please share.

We are proud to help promote this exciting FREE event for our friends at CitySquare!

“City Square's External Affairs Urban Engagement Cinema invites you to an exclusive and free screening of the new film "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook."

Narrated by Jeffrey Wright,and shot during the 2016 election season, Rigged exposes how our most important right, the right to vote, is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks and political shenanigans -- from gerrymandering to new voter restriction laws and from wide-scale voter purges to the 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court.

Join us for a viewing of this phenomenal film, followed by an engaging panel discussion.”

Please RSVP at

Thursday, April 4th at 7:00pm

Free Film Screening - April 2nd: The Brainwashing of My Dad -
The film reveals the consequences that this radicalized media is having on people, families, America, and the world.

Songs of the Rohingya: Pain, Suffering, & Hope!

Sharing a special social justice event at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff on Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm. Music, Documentary film, and discussions on the situation with the Rohingya. Featuring a screening of Bearing Witness: Rohingya Fleeing Genocide, a documentary.

Please join us and spread the word. The Dallas Peace & Justice Center keeps a finger on the pulse of activists’ concerns, and stands ready to lead or assist in research, education, dialogue and action for peace and justice.

[12/31/18]   On this Tuesday, January 1st, we will have a special guest. Katy Bettner co-produced Dark Money, and will be available for discussion after the show.

Here is a description from Katy herself:

Katy Drake Bettner is an executive in the entertainment industry having co-founded both Playful Corp with her husband Paul, a game studio in McKinney TX and BetRed Stories, a media company with her friend Amy Redford out of Sundance Utah.

Katy is a member of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council, Women Donor Network, Way to Win, the TED community and serves on various boards including the McKinney Chamber of commerce. The Bettners work best when they have way too much on their plates so Katy is also active in politics and philanthropy while raising 3 kids (10/8/5) and a fluffy dog while splitting time between McKinney and Sundance. (Dark Money, The Infiltrators, Raise Hell: The Life &Times of Molly Ivins, Swallow, Always in Season, Akicita).

[11/06/18]   This evening - 7pm - spend some time with a good film while the election results are coming in!


We are pleased to announce that has joined our cosponsors for the upcoming Oct. 2nd film screening of "Denial." You can follow them on Facebook at and visit them on the web at

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The subject of next month's film!

Dolores Huerta will be stopping by our office this Thursday for a LIVE discussion! Be sure to tune in at 3PM PT / 6PM ET here on our page.

Dolores Huerta is the president and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.

[01/03/18]   Sanctuary is warm. Roads are clear. Still time to get here for the film.

Standing Rock film screening in Dallas to include panel

Sharing word on an important film screening! Nov. 20th.
Where: Look Cinemas, 5409 Belt Line Rd, Dallas
Cost: Free Green Source DFW and the Memnosyne Institute are hosting a free screening of Awake.

NYC finalizes $40M settlement with ‘Central Park 5’

For those wondering after seeing the film last month. Saying it “closes a very difficult chapter in our city’s history,” Comptroller Scott Stringer signed off on a $40.75 million settlement Thursday with five black and Hispanic men wrongfully convicte…

Dallas Peace and Justice Center

Saturday. Important and local!

The film by UNT graduate Garrett Graham chronicles the fight to ban fracking in Denton and the aftermath of HB 40, which nullified the ban.

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision - Trailer - POV | PBS

Here is the trailer for our August 1st film - Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

The Vietnam War Memorial was one of the most controversial monuments of its time. Thrust in to the eye of the storm was architect-sculptor Maya Lin, whose de...

[06/12/17]   July, 2017:

The 1st Tuesday falls on July 4th this year. This is actually the first time this has happened since we've been screening the festival! Rather than break with tradition, we're going to take the holiday off and be back in August.


Tonight was the kind of evening that answers the question of why we put the First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival together. A set of really decent short videos on the Dakota pipeline protests followed by a powerful presentation and discussion led by activists Yolonda Blue Horse and Jesse Puente describing the struggle and issues from first-hand experience. Thank you both so much.

Please visit to learn more.


[03/06/17]   Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
A Free Film Screening: "Water Is Life"

Yolonda Blue Horse, local activist with the Society of Native Nations,
will join us for group discussion after the hour-long film program

The First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival Presents a free screening of several short films highlighting the struggle of the Standing Rock water protectors in North Dakota.
Doors open at 6:30pm!

Ft.Worth peeps - At Westside UUC, Free Flick and Free Popcorn!
Sat. Feb. 25, 6:45 pm

At Westside, Free Flick and Free Popcorn!
Sat. Feb. 25, 6:45 pm

[02/08/17]   Popcorn is made, film is cued. Ready to screen a really great documentary on Pete Seeger. Come on out on this beautiful evening for some social justice set to music!


A third important film being screened by our friends at the Dallas VideoFest - Oct. 21 - THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
Please help spread the word on these screenings of social justice films!

The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today. Video Fest 29

LEFT ON PEARL (Preview Screening)

Another important film being presented by the Dallas VideoFest - "LEFT ON PEARL" - Screening on Oct. 21st - is a story of the early feminist movement.

What happens when Boston's 1971 International Women's Day marchers turn LEFT ON PEARL Street in Cambridge, and seize and occupy a Harvard-owned building for a women's center, on land sought by the largely African-American Riverside neighborhood for affordable housing? How and why did hundreds of women of diverse backgrounds decide to take a radical, collective action that would change their lives? How did this action intersect with the surrounding African-American neighborhood's fight against displacement by Harvard University's expansion? What is its lasting legacy 45 years later?

Rebirth of a Nation

We're helping spread the word on some wonderful things going on with the Dallas Videofest! Including a one-of-a-kind event. Wed. Oct. 19th. This will be a live performance of this racist film reinterpreted by Dj Spooky with a live performance from a string quartet. Video Fest 29

[07/14/16]   This is not a Film Festival screening, but we believe it is of importance and may be of interest so we're sharing the event:
211 N. Record Street, Dallas TX 75202
Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance

Film: Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave
July 14, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | At Museum
Expanding upon our special gallery exhibit, Survival in Sarajevo: La Benevolencija, we will feature a film about the Bosnian-Serbian conflict in the Museum Theater.
Free, RSVP required. RSVP to Eventbrite:

The Museum presents the BBC documentary Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave, a film that examines the massacre in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina and its aftermath.

Srebrenica, the world’s first United Nations Safe Area, was the site of the worst genocide in Europe since World War II. In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army occupied the intimate spa town and took over the surrounding region. The Serbs forcibly separated Muslim residents from their neighbors and families. Over a five-day period, more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered by the Bosnian Serb soldiers in schools, fields, and warehouses.

Narrated by Bill Moyers, Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave provides first-hand accounts told by survivors and witnesses of the 1995 Bosnian massacre. There are also interviews with UN soldiers and government officials from the UN-sponsored court at The Hague.

The 90-minute documentary features Bosnian War footage from camcorders produced by journalists, Serb and Muslim soldiers and the Dutch peacekeepers. Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave received the Special Jury Award at the 1999 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.

This film contains graphic content and images of the Bosnian War and may not be suitable for younger viewers

Judge In Texas Blocks Detention Center From Being Licensed As ‘Child Care’

For those following the immigration issues discussed in last month's films. "Family detention camps are prisons; they are not childcare facilities," an advocate said.

Our Story

The First Tuesday Social Justice Film series was begun in November of 2005 and started monthly film screenings of socially-relevant films on October of 2006. Over the years we have attempted to present films focusing on important social justice issues of current interest. Our hope is that you'll leave inspired and ready to hit the road in your own quest for a better world.

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