KCSB-FM is again partnering this year with the Fund for Santa Barbara, which presents the fourteenth edition of its Social Justice Award for Documentary Film 2013, part of the the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The festival runs from Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, February 3rd.

As part of the SBIFF, the Fund for Santa Barbara recognizes a slate of documentary films dealing with critical social, economic, political and environmental issues.  Of the ten feature films in the Social Justice Award for Documentary Film competition, five are receiving their World Premieres, two are US Premieres, and two are West Coast Premieres.

The nominated films are:

Angels in Exile, about the complex lives of street kids in Durban, South Africa.

Art of Conflict, which recounts through public murals the human face of the Troubles of Northern Ireland.

El Milagro has a Spanish film crew exposing the experiences of child laborers in a Peruvian landfill.

High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau, about a philanthropic doctor’s experiences in Tibet.

It’s Better to Jump, about the ancient walled city of Akka, located on Israel’s northern coast, as it undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change.

Musicwood, about the plan for sustainable logging of the Alaskan forests that produce acoustic guitars.

Occupy the Movie, which tells the story of the anti-corporate social-justice movement that exploded onto the international scene in 2011.

Revolution explores the urgent need for an integrated response to save global ecosystems and humanity itself.

Stable Life, about family, immigration, and the world of horse racing in California.

The World Before Her, which depicts the divergent paths of two Indian women, and the Hindu nationalist uproar over the Miss India pageant.

On Friday, January 25th, the Fund for Santa Barbara will host a reception with the nominated filmmakers at Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery/Arts & Letters Café (7 East Anapamu Street). Attendees will meet some of the nominated filmmakers and learn about their work. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $25. Platinum Pass-holders are admitted free. As space is limited, reservations are requested.

The winning film will be announced at the Festival’s Closing Night Award Ceremony on February 3rd.

To reserve reception tickets, or for more information about each nominated film (including screening dates and times), go to fundforsantabarbara.org or call 805.962.9164.