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    Civil Rights Stories Illuminate the Silver Screen

    And … action! Documentaries Whose Streets? and The Force brought the fiery debates surrounding police brutality and Black Lives Matter to this year’s Sundance Film Festival, signaling that civil rights stories are again taking center stage in Hollywood. A record six Black actors earned 2017 Academy Awards nods — a sharp 180 from last year, when #OscarsSoWhite lambasted industry racism — while Hidden Figures has emerged as a blockbuster, taking in $100 million domestically. Though neither Sundance documentary was picked up, The Force landed the festival’s U.S. documentary directing award.

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