A collection of five, five-minute documentaries, “Take 5: Justice In America” tackles significant social justice issues that affect everyday Americans. The series features young filmmakers interested in socially conscious storytelling that can impact the greatest amount of people. The issues explored in the series include voting rights, the plight of the working poor, displacement as a result of gentrification, bail reform and gun violence. See a clip from “A Hug From Paul Ryan,” directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (“The Art of the Steal,” “The Atomic States of America”), about Tianna Gaines-Turner, one of America’s working poor, who shared a personal moment with Congressman Paul Ryan. The clip features an interview with Argott and Joyce edited with clips from the film.
“Take 5: Justice In America” was originally commissioned and produced by AMC Networks’ SundanceNow Doc Club, the only member-based, advertising-free streaming video service dedicated to documentaries and independent film. For an annual subscription price of $4.99, viewers can access a curated selection of classic and hard-to-find documentaries. The entire “Take 5” series will be available for free at TAKE5.DocClub.com starting Tuesday, May 17th. Below you can see a description of all five films in the series.
“A Hug From Paul Ryan” by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (“The Art of the Steal,” “Last Days Here,” “The Atomic States of America”)
“A Hug from Paul Ryan” from Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce 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. Nearly two years post-hug, has anything really changed? Well recently Paul Ryan talked about how he was wrong about the working poor. Was it because of that hug?
“Limbo” by Razan Ghalayini (“Entrapped”)
“Limbo” exposes and questions America’s broken criminal justice system, focusing on the problem of pre-trial incarceration bail regulations that discriminate against the poor and destroys lives while costing America $9 billion a year.
“The New Fight For Voting Rights” by Rachel Lears (“The Hand That Feeds”)
North Carolina’s new voting law, passed within a month of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, is among the most restrictive in the nation, and 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?
“Who Will Survive America” by Sheldon Candis (“LUV”)
I am an American…but I don’t understand my country’s love affair with guns. Every 17 minutes in America a person is killed by a gun. In fact more people in our country are killed by guns than car accidents. Atlanta now has the same per capita gun murder rate as all of South Africa. Polls show that the majority of Americans find this unacceptable and support stricter gun laws. Yet again and again, tragedy after tragedy, nothing happens. For “Who Will Survive America,” I legally bought a gun to experience the process for myself. I found a store in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, went through the background check, and then spent $656.29 to become a legal gun owner in the state with the toughest gun laws in America. I have to tell you, it was an incredibly easy process. Too easy.
“De-Gentrify America” by Nelson George (“A Ballerina’s Tale,” “Life Support,” “Brooklyn Boheme”)
Gentrification is changing the nature of cities all across America and the globe. The displacement of the working class and the battle of activists to stem this tide are the focus of De-Gentrify America. Using animation, graphics and expert commentary the film looks at gentrification as a national trend and its impact on Crown Heights, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.