Social Justice Film Series

July 27, 2021, August 17, 2021, August 31, 2021, September 14, 2021, September 28, 2021
7:00 PM
Free, donations welcome
Location: Linden Place
500 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-0390

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Rogers Free Library and Linden Place Mansion, both located in Bristol, RI, invite the community to the Linden Place gardens this summer for a film series centered on the theme of race and social justice.
The six-film series – which will focus on films exploring issues of race and how it relates to different parts of our society - will take place on select Tuesdays at sundown in the gardens (moved to the ballroom in the case of rain). From films on inequality to the criminal justice system to stories of strength and resilience, each screening features a different and unique perspective.
This series is part of Linden Place’s ongoing programming that focuses on African Americans and the African cultures that have contributed to United States’ history.
The schedule of stirring films and documentaries includes:
Tuesday, July 13, 8:30 PM - If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Based on the book written by James Baldwin, Directed by Barry Jenkins, and featuring actors Kiki Lane, Stephen James and Regina King. This Oscar award-winning film tells the story of a young woman who embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit. 1 hour, 59 minutes.
Tuesday, July 27, 8:00 PM – Green Book (2018) A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Directed by Peter Farrelly and stars Vigo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali (who won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role) 2 hours, 10 minutes.
Tuesday, August 17, 7:45 PM – Just Mercy (2019) Based on the autobiographical book written by Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy tells the story of the world-renowned civil rights defense attorney as he works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson. 2 hours, 17 minutes.
Tuesday, August 31, 7:30 PM – Thirteenth (2016) Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys. For mature audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 PM – The Hate U Give (2018) Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Directed by George Tillman, Jr. Based on the book by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby. 2 hours, 13 minutes.
Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 PM – Harriet (2019) The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cythia Erivo, Janelle Monae and Leslie Odom, Jr. 2 hours, 5 minutes.
A brief overview and introduction will precede each screening.
“Linden Place is excited to collaborate with Rogers Free Library to share these exceptional films on the big screen and prompt conversations and discussions on issues surrounding social justice today and throughout our nation’s history. Grab your lawn chair or blanket and head to Linden Place this summer!” says Linden Place director, Susan Battle.
"Rogers Free Library is thrilled to partner with Linden Place Museum on this film series. Intellectual curiosity, discourse and discovery are the foundation on which libraries were built. This is an excellent opportunity to spark a conversation in the community regarding African American history and the challenges we, as a country, face today." says Ryan Brennan, Executive Director of the Rogers Free Library
Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your own chair and snacks or enjoy refreshments onsite from local businesses.
For more information, please call Linden Place at (401) 253-0390,e-mail or visit

Social Justice Film Series
  • July 27, 2021, August 17, 2021, August 31, 2021, September 14, 2021, September 28, 2021
  • Linden Place
  • Free, donations welcome