Film Series


  • November 1, 2016

  • Film Clips & Discussion with
  • Deborah Lipstadt, Floyd Abrams, and Bret Stephens

Is historical truth worth fighting about ? Historian Deborah Lipstadt was forced into an English courtroom to defend charges that she had libeled a Holocaust denier. It became her burden to prove that the Holocaust had, in fact, happened. Does truth matter? What are the limits of free speech? Join us as we welcome Deborah Lipstadt, First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens to discuss the case that was an international sensation and is now a major motion picture, Denial.

NOTE: clips from Denial will be shown and discussed, this is NOT a full screening

Full film rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language


About the Film Festival

The annual FOLCS Film Series offers you a unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large friendly audience (most of whom are not lawyers, so you don’t need to know any legalese). Featuring an exciting mix of current blockbusters, classic favorites, documentaries, and independent movies over seven nights, the Film Festival illuminates the legal system with all of its triumphs, failures, moral dilemmas, and dramatic moments.

Each movie is followed by a post-screening discussion with renowned artists, writers, public intellectuals, government leaders, and members of the legal profession who have a particular connection to the film. Explore how the themes of justice and injustice continue to inspire the artistic imagination. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes. Get answers to your questions. And share your own ideas and viewpoints.

Additionally, the Forum invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit an original short film on a legal theme. The judges’ top picks are shown, discussed, and celebrated at the FOLCS Awards Night during the closing night of the Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The International Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum’s audience, who take part in the festivities by voting for the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City.