Creating cutting-edge strategies for social impact
The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative supports some of the most celebrated social issue documentaries on screens today, but how can those stories engage new audiences and sustain movement building? Active Voice worked with JustFilms grantees to think strategically about achievable outcomes — advancing policy reforms, building awareness of human rights violations, and helping viewers connect to Ford’s social justice grantees. This involved convening cross-sector “braintrust” strategy meetings, conducting stakeholder interviews with key partners, holding focus groups with target audiences, and developing strategic plans for film campaigns. JustFilms films in our portfolio include Gideon’s Army, American Promise, The New Black, Detropia, Who Is Dayani Cristal?, Herman’s House, The House I Live In, 25 to Life, Elena, Valentine Road, Wilhemina’s War, and Nothing Without Us.