UUC shows a different movie on the first Friday of each month on a pertinent social justice topic. The topics are reflective of the social justice ministries at UUC, and include environmental justice, racial justice, income inequality, and more.

Watch our newsletter and email announcements for information on upcoming films.

The community is welcome at these free showings—spread the word and bring a friend!


See UUC Calendar for dates and times. Co-sponsored with the Environmental Justice Team. 


WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

September 7, 6:30 p.m.

WASTED! The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef – heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. Learn more.



October 5, 6:30 p.m.

With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, Straws leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution. It’s estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually. Come learn about the movement around the world that’s making a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time. Carol Davis, from Sustainable Blacksburg, will facilitate a discussion after the movie.


What Lies Upstream

November 2, 6:30 p.m.

In this riveting film, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to uncover the truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. The investigation spirals in a surprising and disturbing direction, and we learn the truth about what lies upstream of us all.


Learn more about UUC’s focus on Environmental Justice.

Learn more about UUC’s focus on Racial Justice.

Learn more about UUC’s focus on Mental Health Justice.

Learn more about UUC’s Social Action projects.