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Characters Unite Films

Characters Unite has launched a series of films that address social injustice to use the great power of storytelling to spark dialogue, open minds and inspire progress on important civil and human rights issues.

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PHILADELPHIA

Featuring a special introduction by President Bill Clinton.

In commemoration of Pride Month and National HIV Testing Day, USA Network proudly presents the sixth movie in the Characters Unite Film Series to use the power of storytelling to help combat hate and discrimination.

Philadelphia tells the story of Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS who is fired from his law firm due to his medical condition. In an effort to right this wrong, Beckett hires homophobic lawyer Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Released in 1993, Philadelphia was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS and address homophobia. The film went on to win two Oscars including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Tom Hanks.

That same year President Clinton created the White House Office on National AIDS Policy to develop the first federal government response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since then, President Clinton continued to fight the deadly disease and lower the cost of treatment around the globe, primarily in the developing world.

Now, through the efforts of Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), more than eight million people in low and middle income countries have access to HIV/AIDS medicines.

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Schindler's List

Schindler's List

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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In The Heat Of The Night

In The Heat Of The Night

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