The Hope and Freedom Film Festival will return to the Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., on Saturday, May 21 for its second year. The event is free to the general public and will feature films from 11am to 10pm. The mission of the festival is to help create a society where all individuals have equal rights. The festival encourages submissions that further the broad goals of ensuring political, social, educational and economic equality for all people. The festival seeks to reward entries from all skill levels that use the power of cinema to inspire hope in the pursuit of freedom from hatred, discrimination and oppressive conditions.
The hosts for this year’s event will be the Cal State University Long Beach Center for First Amendment Studies and the university’s student NAACP chapter. This year’s films focus on topics such as hip-hop, sexuality, and war-related trauma. For a full festival line-up, including trailers for several of the films, visit hopeandfreedomfilmfestival.org.