Online Film Discussions

For Braver Angels

Watch a movie on your own, then get together with others who are similar to or different from you to discuss it.

The movies we choose cover social/political issues we’re currently dealing with in our daily lives and society at large. They may highlight liberal-leaning, conservative-leaning or independent themes, or feature actors or directors from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

We encourage participants to engage in thoughtful conversation, exposing themselves to different points of view, and emphasizing Braver Angels listening and speaking skills. In addition to bridging divides, we hope participants will find enjoyment in rewatching some of their favorite films, and in discovering new ones. To suggest a film or if you have any questions, please contact

Our next Film Event will take place January 31 at 8 pm ET (note date change). We will discuss 12 Angry Men, a 1957 classic starring Henry Fonda.  This courtroom drama shows a jury of 12 men as they deliberate whether to convict a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt, forcing the jurors to question their morals and values. It also shows the power of one man to cause change. Many regard it as one of the greatest films ever made.

Dr. Onalee McGraw will moderate this event and tie it to the previous film she moderated, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Stewart, a conservative, and Fonda, a liberal, were good friends in real life, and in these two films both play men of character and integrity who have a positive impact on others.

Watch the film for free here.

Film Trailer                                                    Register here for the Film Discussion

Previous Film Discussions

        11/23 Other Side of the Hill, 2021 (learn more about how to view it here)

        Film Trailer                                            Film Discussion

        10/26  Swing State, 2020 (Available for a small fee on Vimeo)

        Film Trailer                                            Film Discussion                                       

        9/28 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939 (Available for a small fee on various platforms)

        Film Trailer                                            Film Discussion

         8/24  Black Boys, 2020 (Peacock)

         Film Trailer                                            Film Discussion (except for first 20 minutes)

         6/22 My Octopus Teacher, 2020 (Netflix)

         Film Trailer                                            Film Discussion

         5/27No Safe Spaces, 2019

         Film Trailer                                            Film Discussion

         Watch for free on Tubi

         4/27The Best of Enemies, 2019 (Showtime)

         Film Trailer                                             Film Discussion                           

         3/23Trumphobia: What Both Sides Fear, 2020

         Film Trailer                                              Film Discussion

         For information on how to view, visit

          2/23Lincoln, 2012

          Film Trailer                                              Film Discussion

          Available to watch for a small fee on iTunes, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu.

         1/26The Reunited States, 2020      

         Film Trailer                                                Film Discussion

         Available on Amazon Prime, and for a small fee elsewhere. For a list, see 

        12/17It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 (Amazon Prime)

         Film Trailer

         11/24 Divided We Fall: Unity Without Tragedy, 2020 

         Film Trailer                                              Film Discussion

        Watch the film for free here

        10/29 The Social Dilemma, 2020 (Netflix)

         Film Trailer                                              Film Discussion 

         9/25 High Noon, 1952

        Film Trailer                                              Watch film for free here

8/28 The Campaign of Miner Bo, 2020 

        Film Trailer                                                 Film Discussion

        Available for a small fee from Amazon Prime

7/31 — Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race and America, 2016 (Amazon Prime)

Film Trailer                                                Film Discussion

7/24 — The Banker, 2019 (Apple+)

         Film Trailer                                                Film Discussi

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