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Ten Years of The Socially Relevant Film Festival

The Socially Relevant Film Festival
(SRFF) is now in its tenth year of cinema and documentaries with a message. Running March 16 to the 31st, SRFF features filmmakers and stories from around the world with over 70 films from 23 countries. SRFF’s mission is to shine the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant, human interest stories across a broad range of social issues without resorting to gratuitous violence or violent forms of filmmaking.

The festival opens March 16 at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater with the documentary Shabu and feature Tnaash. Directed by Shamira Raphaëla, Shabu is a documentary from The Netherlands, follows a teenager from Rotterdam who must pay back the repairs for a trashed car over the course of one summer while also pursuing his musical passion. Tnaash, directed by Boudy Sfeir, is set in the aftermath of the August 4th Beirut Port explosion where Lebanon’s first trial by jury must decide the fate of an illegal Syrian refugee accused of brutally killing a social activist known for helping the damaged community after the blast. Other films include the New York premiere of Only Child in which a 60-year-old adoptee from Dublin navigates the misogynistic landscape of Ireland's past in a relentless search to find her birth mother with only her name and town of birth known.

Along with its extensive features block is six thematically divided short film blocks: Family and Adoption, Home and Health, Climate Change, LGBTQ, and BIPOC Films. SRFF will also include Q&As, Happy Hours, Workshops, Staged readings of scripts, and an Award Ceremony to recognize the work of the talented filmmakers that the jury will pick.

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Socially Relevant Film Festival
March 16 - 31, 2023

Various Locations in NYC and Online

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