Saturday, October 6, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DRUGS AS WEAPONS
This film covers the CIA's involvement in drug trafficking and the promotion of drugs for social control. It details evidence of the CIA's Project MK-Ultra manipulating musicians and activists to promote drugs. It also details evidence of U.S. intelligence "neutralizing" these figures when they sobered up. It further shows the evidence that U.S. intelligence mostly targeted anti-war and anti-racism activists, such as leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Panthers. The musicians it covers include Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, Janis Joplin, and The Rolling Stones, among others.
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
PORONGOS MANIFEST | CAGED | LIFE AFTER LIFE
Many don’t know that Brazil is home to the largest population of Africans in Diaspora of any nation, nearly 56 million. In "Porongos Manifest," featuring Brazilian hip hop group Rafuagi, the story of the Farroupilha Revolution, where black people put their lives on the line for freedom, the true story of the Prorongos Massacre is told. And, in the film Caged, we witness a bizarre and torturous “solution” to overcrowding in the Brazilian prison system. Following these films, Maria Drell, co-founder and director of the Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, will discuss the implications of the films, as well as provide insights into the current state of affairs in Brazil.
This film session will end with the screening of Life After Life, a film that shows the true life struggles of three men, who after extensive prison terms, set out to prove that success can lie on the other side of tragedy. Their stories unfold years and we are witness to the precarious nature of freedom after incarnation in the U.S.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
UNHEARD | CAGED | TULSA | DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE | UNCAGED | GREY MATTER
Unheard finds us amidst the depths of a mother’s despair, as in her grief she finds her voice to challenge the forces of injustice and inspire hope. In Caged, as their prison system explodes beyond capacity, Brazil officials develop an innovative new method to torture inmates. An insane idea yields a horrible result. Uncaged looks at a community of men inside California State Prison who are dedicated to higher education and its transforming ability. In Tulsa we are provided with an international, cross-cultural perspective of the destruction of the thriving Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Down The Rabbit Hole explores the mental distortion caused by colorism amidst a drive for perfection, as Rachel struggles to maintain her sanity. And, in Gray Matter we experience an advanced writing cohort inside of Oklahoma’s largest maximum security prison.
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
RETURNING TO LIFE
This film follows several felons recently released from the U.S. federal prison system. As part of efforts to reform sentencing for non-violent drug offenders, these individuals were selected to participate in an early release program and "Return to Life" spends almost a year with six of them. The film includes rare access to federal court judges and probation officers, footage shot inside a federal prison and of a cognitive behavior therapy group, as it follows the successes and failures of these individuals. It offers insight into the struggles faced by men and women who got caught up in America’s war on drugs. and explores how they got involved in drug dealing, their experiences inside prison, and the difficulties they faced trying to return to a rust-belt city as people labeled as felons. Molly Merryman, the director, will be here to discuss making the film and the people she met in the process.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. "Circle Up" is a call to action, for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Constant news in the international and national media, the "Presidio Central" at Porto Alegre is the focus of the documentary "Central." Through reports of the prisoners, military police and visitors, "Central" shows the everyday hard reality of the prison, which was denounced for human rights violations and defined as the "The Dungeon of 21 Century." by the CPI of the Brazilian prison system.