The quarterly film series Movies That Matter comes to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth this weekend, screening socially conscious documentaries free of charge to the first viewers who show up and bringing in guest speakers to provide perspective and additional information.
The program consists of three films, the first of which is U. Roberto Romano’s The Harvest, spotlighting child migrant workers in America who work 14-hour days without the protection of child- labor laws. The other feature is the 2006 documentary God Grew Tired of Us, a story of three “lost boys” from Sudan who escaped the genocide there and wandered through various African nations before migrating to America. The film (narrated by Nicole Kidman) follows them as they try to settle into their new surroundings in upstate New York and Pittsburgh and also try to help their homeland from afar. Commenting on this will be another “lost boy,” Deng Gatjang, who will discuss the nonprofit organization that he founded, Village Help Foundation.
In between the features is a 40-minute short called Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix’s portrait of 15-year-old Inocente Galicia who spent nine years as an undocumented homeless girl in San Diego and now makes a living as a professional artist. The subject of the film (who’s now 16 and goes by her first name alone) will be on hand to answer questions about her life and work. –– Kristian Lin