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KCSB-FM is again partnering with the Fund for Santa Barbara, as the non-profit community foundation presents its 16th Annual Social Justice Award for Documentary Film 2015, part of the the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The festival runs from Tuesday, January 27th through Saturday, February 7th.

At each SBIFF, the Fund for Santa Barbara recognizes a slate of documentary films dealing with critical social, economic, political and environmental issues. This year, eight feature films are in competition — with two world premieres, five US premieres, and one West Coast premiere.

The nominated films are:

  • A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake, which follows a group of South African actors as they tour global war-torn regions to share their country’s experience with reconciliation.
  • Energized, an Austrian examination of the politics of energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • I Am Femen, a Swiss portrayal of a European movement of radical feminists fighting for free speech and equality.
  • Life According to Ohad, which explores familial-reconciliation efforts by an Israeli animal-rights activist.
  • Mad as Hell, a US documentary which explores the rise of pundit Cenk Uygur and “The Young Turks” from public-access and YouTube sensations to the heights of satellite radio and cable TV news.
  • Natural Resistance, a quirky French/Italian coproduction that explores Europe’s “natural wine revolution” and an “ecologically progressive, economically just, and historically rich expression of Italian agriculture.”
  • Tiger, Tiger, an adventure/conservation film that takes audiences into the ancient, threatened kingdom of the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans, which borders India and Bangladesh.
  • The Year We Thought About Love, which documents a theatre troupe of LGBTQ youth and their allies as they bring an original production on the theme of love to high schools and community groups around the US.

More information about each nominated film, including screening dates and times, can be found at fundforsantabarbara.org or by calling 805.962.9164.

KCSB-FM is a media supporter of the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Social Justice Award for Documentary Film.