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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Previous Film Discussions
11/23 — Other Side of the Hill, 2021 (learn more about how to view it here)
10/26 — Swing State, 2020 (Available for a small fee on Vimeo)
9/28 — Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939 (Available for a small fee on various platforms)
8/24 — Black Boys, 2020 (Peacock)
6/22 — My Octopus Teacher, 2020 (Netflix)
Watch for free on Tubi
4/27—The Best of Enemies, 2019 (Showtime)
3/23—Trumphobia: What Both Sides Fear, 2020
For information on how to view, visit https://www.trumphobiamovie.com/watch
Available to watch for a small fee on iTunes, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu.
1/26—The Reunited States, 2020
Available on Amazon Prime, and for a small fee elsewhere. For a list, see https://reunitedstates.tv/watch
12/17— It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 (Amazon Prime)
11/24 — Divided We Fall: Unity Without Tragedy, 2020
Watch the film for free here
10/29 — The Social Dilemma, 2020 (Netflix)
9/25 — High Noon, 1952
8/28 — The Campaign of Miner Bo, 2020
Available for a small fee from Amazon Prime
7/31 — Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race and America, 2016 (Amazon Prime)
7/24 — The Banker, 2019 (Apple+)