This week, more than 3,000 families in need across 11 U.S. cities were treated to free screenings of Fencesthe film starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington. For families who might not otherwise be able to afford to see the movie, these screenings provided not only the film itself, but also a discussion surrounding its themes. Families in Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, New York, Philadelphia, and more were able to enjoy Fences on Wednesday, Dec. 14 thanks to Paramount Pictures, Ford Motor Company Fund, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Values Partnerships. 

The film, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, is set in 1950s America and examines race relations. On another level, it also touches on the family at the center of the story and the many things that need to be said to one another (including things left unsaid). At screenings, attendees are encouraged to participate in the #acrossthefence campaign, where people all over can share memories and what they need to say to loved ones via social media using the #acrossthefence tag.

Denzel Washington directed the film, which has recently picked up Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and NAACP Image Award nominations.

Go see Fences when it hits theaters nationwide on Dec. 25. 

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