Freedom Film Series


Immersing people in film to move people to compassion, conversation and action.

The Freedom Film Series uses film to address issues of systemic injustice. The series invites you into dialogue with the issues presented in the films during conversations with filmmakers, content matter experts and activists following the screenings. Topics addressed during the series includes inequity in policing and the criminal justice system, the disparate impact of illegal drugs on communities of color, systemic racism, disability and more.

Presented in partnership with LADD, Inc. and the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival.

Upcoming Screenings

Tuesday, March 15 – Hold Your Fire

In 1973, four young Black men were stealing guns for self-defense when they were cornered by NYPD officers. In a panic, the men took twelve hostages. The film centers on police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg who convinces his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with “criminals” and, hopefully, prevent a violent bloodbath. Nearly 50 years after the incident, the film has the power to revolutionize American policing. Learn more

Thursday, May 26 – APART

Filmed over 3 ½ years, the film follows three mothers who were caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration rates for women during America’s War on Drugs. The three women return from prison and attempt to rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at a new reentry program for women run by an activist formerly incarcerated in the same prison.

Monday, September 19 - The Loyola Project

In 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the Loyola Ramblers of Chicago broke racial barriers and changed college basketball forever. Now, nearly 60 years later, this legendary team is reexamined by Loyola basketball player and co-captain Lucas Williamson. Woven together with archival footage and modern day interviews, this captivating story continues to provide inspiration in the fight for equality.

Additional films and dates to be determined:

  • November


Location: Harriet Tubman Theater
Tickets: $15