3rd Fridays of each month, 7 pm

Northlake UU Church Sanctuary

308 4th Ave. S, Kirkland, WA 98033

Free of charge and open to the public

“The Meaningful Movies Project” is a non-profit organization that helps neighborhoods, groups and individuals organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and conversation to build positive and meaningful community. (Learn more.)

Each month, Northlake hosts a film screening followed by a facilitated discussion. Events are always free and open to everyone (donations gratefully accepted.) Please join us!

Friday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm – Reversing Roe

(2018, Directed by  Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern, 1 hr 39 mins)

Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new documentary “Reversing Roe,” filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg present a deeply illuminating look of the state of abortion and women’s rights in America. The film offers candid and riveting interviews with key figures from both sides of the divide, among them doctors Colleen McNicholas and Curtis Boyd; feminist icon Gloria Steinem; Operation Rescue president Troy Newman; and National Right to Life president Carol Tobias.

Intense and unflinching in its commitment to telling the whole story, “Reversing Roe” provides a gripping look at what’s happening on the ground in 2018. Drawing from a wealth of historical footage, it charts the period leading up to the Roe decision—and documents the opposition that has followed ever since.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of abortion, “Reversing Roe” is essential viewing to understand how the country got here—and where it may be going.

Special Guests: Members of NARAL will join us and help guide the discussion.


View the trailer…


Friday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm – The Most Dangerous Year

(2018, Directed by Vlada Knowlton, 90 mins)

In 2016 a group of Washington State families with transgender kids join the fight against the wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation that sweeps through the nation and into their home state. With the help of a coalition of lawmakers and civil rights activists, these families embark on an uncharged journey to protect and preserve their children’s inalienable human rights and freedoms in this present-day civil rights movement.


View the trailer…

Friday, February 15 @ 7:00 pm – Care

(2016, Directed by Deirdre Fishel, 70 mins)

Care” pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of in-home elder care.  Beautifully shot and deeply moving, the film reveals the deep bonds that form between paid care workers and elders while exposing the cracks in the U.S. care system.


Let’s face it. We’re all aging. With good habits, we’re likely to stay healthy and independent for a long time. But in the end, most of us will need some help. What will it look like? Who will provide it? How will it feel?


“Care” delves deep into the world of home elder care through the eyes of both paid caregivers and their elderly clients. The film reveals that despite long days taking care of others, care workers often struggle to feed their own families. Laurie can’t pay her rent, Vilma can’t process her green card, and Delores winds up in a women’s shelter. On the flip side, middle class Toni and Peter are going broke paying for the 24/7 care that Peter needs.


Through these personal stories, “Care” reveals the deep humanity and poignancy of care work, as well as the challenges faced by elders, their families and their care workers. It also reveals the beginning of a movement to improve how we care—both for the growing number of older adults and for those who make their lives livable.


At a moment of great division in our country, “Care” highlights an issue that affects us all – urban and rural, immigrant and native born, red state and blue. Providing quality care for an aging population will require reimagining how we value and compensate care workers and how we support families who need their services.


“Care” raises critical questions to invite dialogue and engagement—before we hit a care crisis.


Members of PSARA will lead the discussion afterwards.


View the trailer…

Friday, October 19 @ 7:00 pm – The Reluctant Radical

(2018, Directed by Lindsey Grayzel, 77 mins)

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows activist Ken Ward as he puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations.  He pushed for a crisis level response from inside environmental organizations. Those efforts failed, and he now embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances.


THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying our world.


See the trailer…

Friday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm – The Living Salish Sea

(2017, Directed by Sarama, 88 mins)

The Living Salish Sea looks “below the mirror of the surface, to explore some of the living treasures that inhabit the second largest ‘inland’ sea in North America. It will also be a look below the mirror of society to explore powerful undercurrents of resistance welling up, in this time when humanity faces a crisis, and a crossroad.”


The First Nations, joined by an increasingly aware mainstream community, rise in resistance to multi-billion dollar corporations that try to force through pipelines, tankers, fracked natural gas and thermal coal shipments that threaten this remarkable ecosystem.


“This is a film about beauty, about hope, and about the great spirit of humanity working together to make this a better world”.


View the trailer…

Friday, Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – The Occupation of the American Mind

(2016, Directed by Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp, 83 min)

Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and blockade of the Gaza strip have triggered a backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.


Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.


The Occupation of the American Mind analyzes Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has intensified over the past few years in the face of international condemnation of Israel’s current right-wing policies.


View the trailer…

Friday, Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – The Coming War on China

(2016, Directed by John Pilger 90 min)

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentarian.  The Coming War on China is his 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are each preparing for war. Pilger’s film is both a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.


From a February 2017 review in the Australian:


“Whatever you think of Pilger, this is a film you should see. You may come out of it agreeing with him, disagreeing with him, or somewhere in between. But it’s a live issue that could change the world, could end the world as we know it, and this dedicated journalist wants to make sure we know about it.”


View the trailer…

Friday, Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – An Inconvienent Sequel: Truth to Power

(2017, Directed by Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk, 98 min)

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

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