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Film Speaks

An MFH exclusive, Film Speaks is a series of moving and provocative films from our area and around the country by renowned and emerging film makers. Topics concern race, class, politics, redemption and the arts, and viewings are followed by Q&A discussions. The viewings are "free of charge", but capacity is limited. So please sign up ahead to reserve your place for each film you plan to attend.

Filmed for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. A vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing, and hope.

Q&A with a member of the QUEST filmmaking team following the screening.

Sunday, January 27th - 5:00pm

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson, that examines the evolution of the Black Power movement in American society from 1967 to 1975 as viewed through Swedish journalists and filmmakers. It features footage of the movement shot by Swedish journalists in America between 1967–1975 with appearances by Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other activists, artists, and leaders central to the movement.

Q&A following the screening.

Sunday, February 10th - 5:00pm
Part of our Black History Month Celebration

Life, Animated

Life, Animated is a 2016 American documentary by director Roger Ross Williams. It is co-produced by Williams with Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn and Christopher Clements. Based on journalist Ron Suskind's 2014 book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, which tells the story of his son, Owen Suskind who struggled with autism and learned how to communicate with the outside world through his love of Disney films.

Q&A following the screening.

Sunday, March 24th - 5:00pm


I Am follows the journey of 6 students from St. Katherine’s Special Education School and 8 dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Second Company to create a fully realized Ballet piece choreographed by Jessica Kilpatrick. For 10 weeks Filmmaker Glenn Holsten and his crew from Freshfly productions documented this journey, a product of our ENCORE program, where people with disabilities engage with the arts in a participatory way. An ArtReach project.

Q&A with a representative of ArtReach following the screening.

Sunday, April 28th - 5:00pm


1971 is a 2014 American documentary film and the directorial debut of producer Johanna Hamilton, who also co-wrote the film. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and focuses on the break-in of an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania on Monday, March 8, 1971 to steal over 1000 classified documents. The break-in took place on the night of the first Ali-Frazier boxing title fight dubbed “The Fight of the Century.”

Q&A following the screening.

Sunday, May 19th - 5:00pm

The Work

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from the outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The Work offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation. 

Q&A following the screening.

Sunday, June 23rd - 5:00pm

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