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Beat Street 40th Anniversary Film Screening and Justice Film Festival Opening Night

February 21 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Celebrating the influence and legacy of the 1984 classic directed by Harry Belafonte and David V. Picker, Beat Street is revered for introducing hip-hop, breakdancing and urban style to a generation of young people across America. The sounds, dancing, art and fashion in this film broke down barriers and invited everyone, no matter their race or background, to participate in a new movement that celebrated and honored the culture from which it emanated.

This very special screening of Beat Street will include rappers and breakers from the film, as well as critics of music, art and fashion who will help break down how Beat Street had such a profound impact in the 1980s that still resonates today.

Justice Film Festival

The Justice Film Festival showcases films that emphasize social justice and affirm the dignity of all people. Since 2012, JFF has been committed to creating a platform for redemptive stories of marginalized people and ecosystems bravely overcoming challenges and bringing optimism, empathy, and light to a world in need of inspiration.

Find a schedule of films here.

The Social Justice Center at FIT is proud to partner with JFF for the portion of the festival taking place at the college.

The film festival is open to the public.

All events during the festival are free to all FIT students, faculty, and alumni. Use promo code FITFREE for ticketed events; tickets to the Beat Street screening are available here.


Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY United States


Social Justice Center at FIT