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The (In)Justice for All Film Festival was conceived as a project to pull together a consortium of faith-based organizations, social justice organizations, universities and colleges, and use the power of film to educate our community and build the grass roots support needed to affect the systemic changes we require. To that end, in addition to screening films, we, along with our various partners, will be hosting several events to enrich our understanding of the issues and challenges associated with the mass incarceration epidemic. Mental Health, Drug Addiction and Abuse, Barriers to Reentry, Restorative Justice, and other root challenges are all potential topics for workshops, panel discussions and forums.

 

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Thursday, October 3rd| 5:30 pm

Opening Night Reception

 

Trinity UCC - Montgomery Hall

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

Join us for the kick-off of our 6th totally FREE film festival. We'll serve light refreshments as we prepare for 10 days of films, fun, and inspiration. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Thursday, October 3rd| 6:30 pm

Opening Night Program

The Third Strike | Director Nicole Jones

In Pursuit of Justice | Director Gregg Jamback

 

Trinity UCC - Sanctuary

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

The 6th Annual (InJustice For All Film Festival kicks off with a powerful preview of The Third Strike. The Third Strike tells the stories of four people sentenced to life in federal prison. For some, freedom depends on the ink in the President’s clemency pen. For others, freedom depends on the will of Congress. For all, freedom means a second chance. The film focuses on the transformative power of (DE)carceration, a Chicago lawyer and community organizer’s efforts to dismantle America's harsh drug laws and women's visionary response to mass incarceration. Following the preview we'll hear from MiAngel Cody - 2014 recipient of the Federal Bar Association's National Younger Federal Lawyer of the Year Award and a 2019 recipient of the American Constitution Society’s Legal Legends Award. Attorney Cody serves as the Executive Director of The Decarceration Collective. She will be joined by several of the people that are also featured in the film.

 

This evening will finish with the screening of In Pursuit of Justice. This thought-provoking story centers on the wrongful conviction of Greg Taylor. For seventeen years, Greg and his family fought to undo his wrongful conviction. It would take the creation of a unique, independent state agency - one vested with all the powers needed to determine innocence - and the revelation the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation misrepresented the truth in their scientific reporting, to set Taylor free.

 

Friday, October 4th| 7 pm

SAY THAT! Spoken Word and Movie Night

Calls From Home | Director Julia Szromba

I Was That Kid: Breaking the Cycle of Juvenile Crime
|
Director Manjula Varghese

Invisible Until Suspicious | from Free Spirit Media

What Happened to DuJuan | Lucas Guilkey

 

Stony Island Arts Bank

6760 Stony Island Ave., Chicago

Join us for an exciting evening of Spoken Word, featuring the best of Chicago’s poets and wordsmiths, combined with a powerful array of short films, all forcing us to reckon with the challenges of justice and race in our community and nation.

 

Films Synopses

Calls From Home captures the voices and people behind WMMT's "Calls From Home," a weekly radio program that connects incarcerated people in rural Kentucky to their loved ones.

 

United Playaz is an amazing community organization that utilizes people who have been released from prison or have served time, to work with community youth in providing mentorship and support. I Was That Kid, shares the stories of David, Krystal, and Will, three counselors at United Playaz, who reflect on the personal obstacles they faced as kids, which has now made them effective youth counselors today. United Playaz program coordinators David Monroe, Krystal Morales, and Will Ramirez reflect on their upbringing and the choices they made as youth, which eventually lead them to work in youth violence prevention.

 

Invisible Until Suspicious is a documentary about how Chicago citizens view police and how the police view them. The documentary expresses each viewpoint, what these victims have to live through, their struggles, and their insecurities towards police officers. It also portrays the lives of Chicago police, their struggles of serving citizens, and the insecurities they have towards violent people. FREE SPIRIT MEDIA transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily from communities of color, to produce and distribute original content and to pursue artistic, personal and professional aspirations.

 

In the summer of 2018, 23-year-old DuJuan Armstrong was serving weekends for a burglary conviction, but one weekend he never came home. Thus began Barbara’s journey for truth and justice. Through her grief and increasing activism, the audience travels with her to the county board of supervisors, the jail, the cemetery in which DuJuan is buried, rallies, and one climactic confrontation with the sheriff himself. What will it take for her to get the truth?

This intimate, fast-paced documentary - What Happened to DuJuan? -  follows the first six months of Barbara Doss’ search to discover the details of her son’s mysterious death in Santa Rita jail.

 

Friday, October 4th| 7 pm

URI-EICHEN GALLERY presents

We Are Witnesses: Chicago

Produced by the Marshell Project in partnership with Kartemquiin Films

and Illinois Humanities

 

Uri-Eichen Gallery

2101 S. Halsted, Chicago

WE ARE WITNESSES: CHICAGO is an immersive short-video series presenting intimate portraits of Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system.  Produced by The Marshall Project in partnership with Kartemquin Films and Illinois Humanities, these films explore the nature of crime, punishment, and forgiveness. 

 

The film will be introduced by Peter Kuttner, Chicago filmmaker, activist and cameraman, and discussion led by Larry Redmond, Chicago attorney, writer, and photographer, and General Counsel for the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political repression.

 

Saturday, October 5th| Noon - 2 pm 

MILLS PARK TOWER AND FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN CHURCH present

The Chains on Edward Bailey | Director Alex Anderson

The Issue of Mr. O'Dell | Rami Katz

 

Mills Park Tower

1025 Pleasant Place, Oak Park

The Chains on Edward Bailey is the story of a former inmate, as he shares his experiences inside the prison system, revealing how the cycle of incarceration truly never ends.

 

In The Issue of Mr. O'Dell, director, Rami Katz, shares the story of 94-year-old African-American civil rights activist Jack O’Dell, a family friend. Through a series of long-form interviews, Katz captures Mr. O’Dell’s wisdom and insights, aspects of his work with Dr. King, involvement in key civil rights campaigns and his perspectives on the movement then and now under the stewardship of groups like Black Life Matters.

 

Saturday, October 5th| 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

FOCUS ON REENTRY - SHORT FILMS

Benevolence | Director Joanne Hershfield

Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons | Director Robert Greenwald

Outside-Daniel Laurent | Director Jeffery Palmer

The Chains on Edward Bailey | Director Alex Anderson

 

Trinity UCC – Wright Chapel

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

Reintegrating into the community is the challenge of every returning citizen. This series of films tells a variety of stories of women and men on their journeys back to society after years of incarceration.

 

Benevolence tells the story of 5 women who move onto Benevolence Farm, a working farm in rural North Carolina that is designed to be a transition home for women coming out of prison. It reveals how the women ended up in prison as well as the gender-specific issues women face when they get out, especially problems finding a place to live and securing living-wage jobs.

 

Brave New Films’ short documentary Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons dives into the inner struggle of former gang members whose abusive childhoods inevitably led to an anger that resulted in a criminal lifestyle and landed them in prison. Upon their release, these former gang members found their redemption with Homeboy Industries, Father Greg Boyle, and the many re-integrating programs offered through the Los Angeles-based organization. Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons follows the transformative stories of some of these former gang members as they share their childhood mental and physical abuse, growing up in the gang lifestyle, and the hope they now have through the healing power of therapy. Sentencing justice means addressing the underlying systems that have created mass incarceration. The need for sentencing justice highlights each personal story in the film; it’s a vital need so that the cycle of recidivism can finally stop.

 

WINNER Best Music Video | American Tracks Music Awards, Diamond Winner/1st Place | Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque, Best Music Video |Hollywood South Urban Film Festival and 2019 FINALIST | The Oaks International Film Festival, The People's Film Festival London. Outside-Daniel Laurent touches on salient themes of gun violence, psychological trauma, and racial identity, OUTSIDE is a “nightmarish mirror reflecting our troubled times.” Fueled by powerful lyrics, provocative imagery, a meaningful message, and a hopeful ending, OUTSIDE will stir emotions and light a fire within. 

 

The Chains on Edward Bailey is the story of a former inmate, as he shares his experiences inside the prison system, revealing how the cycle of incarceration truly never ends.

 

Saturday, October 5th| 2:30 pm

SOUTHSIDE PROJECTIONS presents

two films from the Pacific Street Films Group

Frame Up! | Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher, & Howard Blatt, 

Voices From Within |Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher 

 

Stony Island Arts Bank

6760 Stony Island Ave., Chicago

Two films from New York’s Pacific Street Films group look at state abuses of power in the criminal justice system. Examining the case of Martin Sostre, a black Puerto Rican bookstore owner in Buffalo, New York who was framed on drug possession charges in 1967 and sentenced to prison, Frame-Up! (Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher, & Howard Blatt, 1974) shows how the American justice system can be abused for purposes of political repression. Voices from Within (Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher, 1977, 20 min.) dramatizes the loneliness and desperation of long-term prisoners who are denied many of the benefits provided to short-term prisoners and reveals the emotional damage done to them and their families by extended incarceration.

 

Saturday, October 5th| 3:55 pm - 5:15 pm 

AMERICA: WHO’S HOME IS IT?

Mni Wiconi: Water is Life | Miguel Antonio Genz & Jeremias Galante

Alternative Facts | Director Victor J. Ramos

Already Home | Director Jon Osaki

 

Trinity UCC – Wright Chapel

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

This series of films provide a mosaic of America, outside of the current dominant conversation, as we look at issues related to land use and indigenous peoples' rights, migrant rights, and our historical Japanese concentration camps.

 

Mni Wiconi is a short film on the environment and how the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change. It’s a black and white hand-drawn film dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory. The main theme is about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the film is to create social awareness regarding the contamination of natural resources.

 

Already Home follows David and Fernanda, one former DACA recipient and one current DACA recipient who could both face deportation as politicians use their legal status as a bargaining tool.

 

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.   Alternative Facts sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066 which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans.  The film will expose the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  Alternative Facts will also examine the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant and religious communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

 

Saturday, October 5th| 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Sweetest Land | Director Jeffrey Teitler

 

Trinity UCC – Wright Chapel

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

After the gunshots, in urban America, trauma pagers will sound, mothers will scream and the lives of too many that matter, will forever change. Yet according to evidence, much of this was entirely preventable. Welcome to Hartford, Connecticut. Known as one of America's most violent cities, it is similar to other struggling areas across the country. However, beyond the bloodshed and bullets, every year brings a new chance to save lives, advance youth and improve a community.  There are political speeches, millions spent and community promises made. But when the soundbites fade and the violence continues, who actually shows up?  As seen through the midnight surgeons, the victims of violence, the beat cops, and prevention organizations, The Sweetest Land investigates the real story of violence, prevention and politics, where complacency can no longer be an option. Lives can matter.

 

Following the film, we will hold a panel discussion exploring what is working to reduce violence in our neighborhoods, and gathering ideas from our audience.

 

Sunday, October 6th| 2 pm – 4:30 pm

FIRST LADY MONICA MOSS AND

TRINITY UCC TASK FORCE, TAMAR'S WINGS

present

Honey Bee | Director Rama Ra

 

Trinity UCC – Sanctuary

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

Honey Bee follows the journey of quick-witted Natalie “Honey Bee” Sorensen, an underage truck stop prostitute trapped in a human trafficking ring and controlled by her pimp-boyfriend until she is transplanted into foster care in remote Northern Ontario and forced to confront her identity.  

 

Following the movie, we will have a panel of experts providing context and actionable ideas for those in attendance.

 

Monday, October 7th| 7 pm – 9 pm

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 
THE INTERFAITH COALITION AGAINST RACISM, AND SCRAPPERS FILM GROUP

present

Stateville Calling| Director Ben Kolak

 

Fourth Presbyterian Church - Chapel

126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Elderly prisoners cost taxpayers billions and are the least likely to re-offend – which is why senior citizen activist Bill Ryan, who already helped to end the death penalty in Illinois, wants to set them free.

 

Bill Ryan can remember the first time he drove up to Pontiac Correctional Center. It was 1993 and his first time visiting a prison. He was going to meet a man scheduled to be executed in a few days. That visit set Ryan on a path to become a fervent prisoner rights activist. Scrappers Film Group's, Stateville Calling, explores one man’s fight to offer elderly prisoners facing life without parole a chance to walk free. At the center of the film is Bill Ryan, an 82-year-old prisoner’s rights activist from rural Kentucky who has spent the last several decades befriending and advocating on behalf of a group of men and women incarcerated for life. The elderly population in jails across the country has been growing at a higher rate than any other group of prisoners, and it’s placed financial and practical stress on a prison system already struggling to provide adequate care to the incarcerated. At the same time, this group of prisoners is the least likely to re-offend if released. Stateville Calling takes the viewer from the Illinois state capitol to the tobacco fields of Kentucky and inside Logan Correctional Center, the all-women’s prison in downstate Illinois, to profile activism efforts working to allow long-term prisoners the possibility of clemency or parole.

 

Our panel, following the film, includes Bill Ryan, and Katrina Burlet. Both Katrina and Bill are featured in the film. Also, Jennifer Soble of the Illinois Prison Project and Maya Szilak, Research and Policy Counsel and former Director of Prison Monitoring at John Howard Association.

 

Tuesday, October 8th| 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CINEMA AND TELEVISION presents

No History of Violence: The ISIS Trial| Directors Ellie Bernstein & Tracy Nicole Cring

 

Columbia College – Screening Room 502

1104 S. Wabash, Chicago

No History of Violence is a documentary about attacks against Somali-Americans since 9/11. It focuses on a Federal case that occurred between 2013 and 2016 in Minneapolis, orchestrated by the FBI and culminating in the trial of 3 young Somali boys, who were accused of material support of terrorism and conspiring to join ISIS. It was the second-largest Federal terrorism case in the United States. It highlights the federal government's targeting and entrapment of Muslims in the United States.

 

 

Wednesday, October 9th| 6 pm – 8 pm

AUSTIN TOWN HALL presents 

Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons | Director Robert Greenwald

Dying Out Loud | Director Jake J. Smith

What Happened to DuJuan Armstrong| Lucas Guilkey

 

Austin Town Hall

5610 W. Lake St., Chicago

Join us for three powerful films that speak to the power of the human spirit, even in the face of an unjust "justice" system.

 

Brave New Films’ short documentary Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons dives into the inner struggle of former gang members whose abusive childhoods inevitably led to an anger that resulted in a criminal lifestyle and landed them in prison. Upon their release, these former gang members found their redemption with Homeboy Industries, Father Greg Boyle, and the many re-integrating programs offered through the Los Angeles-based organization. Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons follows the transformative stories of some of these former gang members as they share their childhood mental and physical abuse, growing up in the gang lifestyle, and the hope they now have through the healing power of therapy. Sentencing justice means addressing the underlying systems that have created mass incarceration. The need for sentencing justice highlights each personal story in the film; it’s a vital need so that the cycle of recidivism can finally stop.

 

When a young man mysteriously dies in a Bay Area jail, his mother begins a determined quest to find out what happened to him but quickly runs into the opaque and powerful position of American sheriffs. This intimate, fast-paced documentary follows the first six months of Barbara Doss’ search to discover the details of her son’s mysterious death in Santa Rita jail. In the summer of 2018, 23-year-old Dujuan Armstrong was serving weekends for a burglary conviction but one weekend he never came home. Thus began Barbara’s journey for truth and justice.

 

In Dying Out Loud, female lifers in a US maximum-security prison form a band, the Lady Lifers, to sing about their lives of bad decisions, and their hope of seeing home someday. Is it fair they will die in prison even though they didn’t actually kill anybody?

 

 

Wednesday, October 9th| 7:30 pm – 9 pm

McCORMICK THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY presents 

Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons | Director Robert Greenwald

Interview with Danielle Sered | Author, Until We Rekon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair

 

McCormick Theological Seminary

5460 S. University Ave., Chicago

Brave New Films’ short documentary Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons dives into the inner struggle of former gang members whose abusive childhoods inevitably led to an anger that resulted in a criminal lifestyle and landed them in prison. Upon their release, these former gang members found their redemption with Homeboy Industries, Father Greg Boyle, and the many re-integrating programs offered through the Los Angeles-based organization. Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons follows the transformative stories of some of these former gang members as they share their childhood mental and physical abuse, growing up in the gang lifestyle, and the hope they now have through the healing power of therapy. Sentencing justice means addressing the underlying systems that have created mass incarceration. The need for sentencing justice highlights each personal story in the film; it’s a vital need so that the cycle of recidivism can finally stop.

 

Following the films, there will be a panel conversation led by Professor Jennifer McBride, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Ethics and Dr. Nolan Shaw, Executive Director of Boys to Men, Inc.

 

 

Wednesday, October 9th| 7 pm – 9 pm

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CINEMA AND TELEVISION Arts presents

Where There Is Darkness | Directors Sean Bloomfield & Cimela Kidonakis

 

Columbia College – Screening Room 502

1104 S. Wabash, Chicago

Having devoted his life to helping the less fortunate, Fr. Rene Robert was regarded as a "living saint" in the tight-knit community of St. Augustine, Florida. But when Fr. Rene began helping ex-convicts get their lives together after prison, the people closest to him worried that he was putting his life at risk—especially the local sheriff, David Shoar, one of

Fr. Rene’s longtime friends. So, in April, 2016, when Fr. Rene failed to show up at a church service, Sheriff Shoar immediately put his best detectives on the case and local residents joined in searching for the beloved priest. It quickly became apparent, however, that Fr. Rene was not just missing—someone had taken him against his will. True crime documentary Where There Is Darkness follows the nationwide search for Fr. Rene, which resulted in a series of shocking revelations and the discovery of a 20-year-old letter in which Fr. Rene seemed to foretell his own fate. 

 

 

Wednesday, October 9th| 7 pm – 8 pm

NORTHWESTERN PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW, BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION presents

Jail or Yale: Young, Black and Out of Options? | Director Christopher Spence

 

Northwestern University Law School - Faculty Lounge

375 E Chicago Ave, Chicago

Are black boys being trained and prepared to enter the prison system? Educator and community activist Christopher Spence examines structural racism in the educational system and its ramifications on black males as they progress through life.

 

Join us for the screening of Jail or Yale, and a facilitated discussion immediately following the film.

 

 

Thursday | October 10th| 6:30 pm – 9 pm

CELEBRATION OF CABRINI GREEN LEGAL AID AND CHICAGO LEGAL ADVOCACY FOR INCARCERATED MOTHERS

Survivor: 98 Second Stories | Director Elizabeth Tobias

Dying Out Loud | Director Jake J. Smith

 

South Shore Cultural Center

7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago

Always a highlight of our film festival, our night at South Shore Cultural Center this year celebrates Chicago justice icon Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers. Join us as we recognize the incredible work they have done on behalf of some of our most vulnerable citizens. We will start with reception with refreshments, formerly recognize CGLS/CLAIM, show two exciting films, and end the evening with a panel conversation on the issues that arise from the films. You want to be in the number this evening!

 

Survivor: 98 Second Stories, brings much-needed awareness and advocacy to the sexual assault epidemic, one of the greatest human rights violations in the world.  Artist and activist, Elizabeth Tobias, amplifies her fusion of social practice, performance, and film making to debut this short film blending art and documentary that shares the stories of 21 contemporary artists who have survived sexual assault and who participated in a public art project created by Tobias.  

 

In Dying Out Loud, female lifers in a US maximum-security prison form a band, the Lady Lifers, to sing about their lives of bad decisions, and their hope of seeing home someday. Is it fair they will die in prison even though they didn’t actually kill anybody?

 

Friday | October 11th| 7 pm – 9 pm

THE TRINITY UCC LGBTQ MINISTRY

presents

Where Justice Ends| Director George Zuber

 

Trinity United Church of Christ - Chapel

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

Join the Trinity LGBTQ Ministry for the screening of  Where Justice Ends a film at the intersection of two important and timely topics of social justice — conditions within the U.S. prison system and the injustices that befall transgender people encountering the law. Where Justice Ends looks into why so many transgender people encounter the police, how those encounters often lead to discriminatory treatment and the inhumane conditions that transgender people all too frequently experience.  Told through the words of transgender inmates and experts, and narrated by the Tony award-winning stage, screen, and TV actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, Where Justice Ends casts light on one of the most hidden social injustices in our country. Following the film, you'll get to interact with a powerful panel of experts and persons with lived experience. 

 

Friday, October 11th| 7:30 pm – 9 pm

EUCLID AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH presents

Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons | Director Robert Greenwald

Jail or Yale: Young, Black and Out of Options? | Director Christopher Spence

Invisible Until Suspicious | from Free Spirit Media

Mni Wiconi: Water is Life | Miguel Antonio Genz & Jeremias Galante

 

Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church

405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park

 

 

Brave New Films’ short documentary Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons dives into the inner struggle of former gang members whose abusive childhoods inevitably led to an anger that resulted in a criminal lifestyle and landed them in prison. Upon their release, these former gang members found their redemption with Homeboy Industries, Father Greg Boyle, and the many re-integrating programs offered through the Los Angeles-based organization. Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons follows the transformative stories of some of these former gang members as they share their childhood mental and physical abuse, growing up in the gang lifestyle, and the hope they now have through the healing power of therapy. Sentencing justice means addressing the underlying systems that have created mass incarceration. The need for sentencing justice highlights each personal story in the film; it’s a vital need so that the cycle of recidivism can finally stop.

 

In Jail or Yale, the problem of structural racism in the educational system and its ramifications on black males as they progress through life is examined. Significant data reveals that Black students are being pushed into prison through our school systems, known as the School-to-Prison Pipeline:  40% of students expelled from U.S. schools each year are black 70% of students involved in “in-school” arrests or referred to law enforcement are Black or Latino Black students are 3.5x more likely to be suspended than whites Black and Latino students are 2x more likely to not graduate high school as whites 68% of all males in state and federal prison do not have a high school diploma. Jail or Yale is an expository documentary set to explore whether black boys are being trained and prepared to enter the prison system?  Is there any correlation between the bias inflicted upon Black males as they progress through the educational system, and their over-representation in the criminal justice system? This researched film aims to educate and explore through interviews, research, voiceovers and illustrative visuals. 

 

Invisible Until Suspicious is a documentary about how Chicago citizens view police and how the police view them. The documentary expresses each viewpoint, what these victims have to live through, their struggles, and their insecurities towards police officers. It also portrays the lives of Chicago police, their struggles of serving citizens, and the insecurities they have towards violent people. FREE SPIRIT MEDIA transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily from communities of color, to produce and distribute original content and to pursue artistic, personal and professional aspirations.

 

Mni Wiconi is a short film on the environment and how the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change. It’s a black and white hand-drawn film dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory. The main theme is about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the film is to create social awareness regarding the contamination of natural resources.

 

Saturday | October 12th| 11 am – 12:30 pm

JURY EDUCATION FORUM

 

Trinity UCC – Atrium

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

Join us in an educational forum on your rights if questioned or arrested by police and information on serving on juries in Cook County, and the importance of participating when you are called for jury duty.

 

Saturday | October 12th| 1 pm – 2:30 pm 

COLOR MATTERS – SHORT FILM SERIES

The Color of Skin | Director Jessica Scott

Rondo: Beyond the Pavement |

From the High School for Recording Arts, St. Paul, MN

Jail or Yale: Young, Black and Out of Options? | Director Christopher Spence

 

Trinity UCC – Atrium

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

 

This short film series delves into the issue of race, and how it shapes lives in America.

 

The Color of Skin is a documentary that explores what it is like for African-Americans who have been brutalized, harassed, mistreated, disrespected and discriminated against by white men. It shows the alarming reality for many African-Americans through the use of archival footage, juxtaposing past and present, to emphasize the frequency in which bigotry and hatred occur against this community in the United States.

 

Rondo: Beyond the Pavement is a film made by students at High School for Recording Arts in Saint Paul, MN, in partnership with Saint Paul Almanac and SPNN. In the 1920s, Rondo, Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, was flourishing. With music, theatre, African American newspapers, and businesses booming, the community was thriving—until September of 1956, when construction of Interstate 94 tore through the Rondo community. Rondo homeowners resisted the construction, and protests began. Residents were forcefully removed from their homes. Thousands of Rondo homeowners were displaced. Homes and successful businesses were demolished, and a community was torn apart.  It did not shatter Rondo’s spirit. These are the stories of “RONDO: Beyond the Pavement.”

 

In Jail or Yale, the problem of structural racism in the educational system and its ramifications on black males as they progress through life is examined. Significant data reveals that Black students are being pushed into prison through our school systems, known as the School-to-Prison Pipeline:  40% of students expelled from U.S. schools each year are black 70% of students involved in “in-school” arrests or referred to law enforcement are Black or Latino Black students are 3.5x more likely to be suspended than whites Black and Latino students are 2x more likely to not graduate high school as whites 68% of all males in state and federal prison do not have a high school diploma. Jail or Yale is an expository documentary set to explore whether black boys are being trained and prepared to enter the prison system?  Is there any correlation between the bias inflicted upon Black males as they progress through the educational system, and their over-representation in the criminal justice system? This researched film aims to educate and explore through interviews, research, voiceovers and illustrative visuals. 

 

Saturday | October 12th| 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm 

POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE

SHORT FILM SERIES

Embers | Director Prakshi Malik

Protect and Serve | Director Kate Jopson

The Voicemail | Director Kyle Solomon

Heart of Gold | Director Ella Krings

The Issue of Mr. O'Dell | Rami Katz

The Last Day of School | Clara Davies

Trouble Finds You | Stephanie A Tangkilisan

NYPD’s Gang Database | Director Sriyanka Ray

Victim Witness | Emmett Soldati

 

Trinity UCC – Chapel

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

This short film series provides a broad perspective on the issues of police accountability and community violence. We will include an intermission so we can break for snacks, etc.

 

Embers explores the challenges met by two mothers with sons in trouble at school, as they face a racist high school administration.

 

The issue of excessive use of force by police officers pervades our communities. In Protect and Serve, after her son is killed, Carla confronts Jim, a cop and a friend of the family. Her search for answers tears Jim between his duty and his humanity.

 

A missed call. A tired heart. Another earth-shattering day of being Black in America. The Voicemail explores the everyday traumas experienced by Black people in America, told from the perspective of a son who takes heed of his mother’s warning. Part of a film scoring series by writer, director, and composer Kyle Solomon.

 

After Jerame Turner was shot and killed on November 27th, 2017, his mother and family took a vow to end the violence in their community. Heart of Gold investigates the actions that Cathy Welsh, Turner's mother, and Woodland Hills School District in Pittsburgh, PA are taking to deter gun violence. 

 

The Issue of Mr. O'Dell is a documentary about Jack O'Dell, a 94-year old African-American civil rights activist.

 

In Last Day of School, Kelly, a young mother, makes a choice that changes the lives of her son Caleb and his classmate Tony. We explore two paths, as Kelly chooses one-time apathy and another kindness: one ending in friendship while the other in a tragedy.

 

In Trouble Finds You, Bronx native Kraig Lewis was set to graduate with a Masters in business, determined to get his son out of the rough streets of his NYC neighborhood. Instead, his life is turned upside down when he’s caught in the city’s largest gang bust in history. Now, he has to find a new path forward. 

 

Certainly Chicago has its problems with its gang database. In this documentary we get to dig into the NYPD's Gang Database, a blackbox of secrecy that no one knows the inner workings of. The NYPD maintains a secret database with names of people they believe to be ‘gang' affiliated, the numbers of which have jumped by 70% under Mayor Bill de Blasio, even though crime has fallen to historic lows. As of Feb 8, 2018, there are 42,334 names in the database, and 99% of those are people of color. Called “Stop and Frisk 2.0” by critics, having your name in the database can lead to further surveillance, harassment, enhanced bail recommendations, and heightened charges among other far-reaching consequences.

 

In Victim Witness a criminal justice system that once failed victims in New Hampshire was changed by an attorney with a revolutionary idea: believe victims.

 

Saturday, October 12th| 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

CLOSING NIGHT/AWARDS PROGRAM

 

Trinity UCC – Sanctuary

400 W. 95th Street, Chicago

 

Please join us as we share the 2019 (In)Justice For All Film Festival Awards, including the Fan Favorite. We will have a short program, present awards, and you’ll have one last chance to see the best of the festival.