Take 5

Justice in America, a SundanceNow Doc Club original series, is a collection of five short films that explore some of today's hot-button issues: the working poor, bail reform, voting rights, gun control, and gentrification. From filmmakers with a passion for impactful, socially conscious storytelling, these 5-minute documentaries offer a personal look at how these timely issues have permeated the lives of real Americans.

Sundance Now
2 Seasons, 11 Episodes
May 17, 2016
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Episodes

Take 5 Full Episode Guide

  • Through the personal lens of comedian and filmmaker Kiran Deol's family story, we get a glimpse into the glories and gritty realities of the immigrant experience, as reflective of the universal experience in "American Haze".

  • Told from the collective voice of the people, "The Ballad of the Global Patriot" searches for the intersection where global struggles meet in solidarity.

  • Torn Fabric looks at opposing sides of the debate on flag burning, culminating in a dramatic meeting between the parties on each side of the issue.

  • When Colin Kaepernick chose to express himself by sitting out the national anthem this past NFL season, he sparked a national debate around the issue of activism and patriotism. In "Take a Knee" we explore the response of former Green Beret and professional football player, Nate Boyer, and the ripple effects of the open letter he wrote in support of Kaepernick's right to express his opinion.

  • Van Jones tells a story about America.

  • A Patriot's Mission is a short documentary that explores the inexorable link between patriotism and getting money out of politics.

  • DEGENTRIFY AMERICA examines Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which like scores of working class neighborhoods around America, has been hit by a wave of gentrification.

  • In WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA, filmmaker Sheldon Candis examines the process of legally purchasing a gun in America by buying one himself.

  • THE NEW FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS examines the restrictiveness of the 2013 Voting Rights Acts on minorities in America.

  • LIMBO exposes and questions America's broken criminal justice system, focusing on the problematic bail regulations that limit and sometimes destroy the futures of many young individuals.

  • A HUG FROM PAUL RYAN follows Tianna Gaines-Turner, one of America's working poor, after her testimony at the 2014 House Budget Committee's "War on Poverty" hearing.

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