Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Highlighting Returning Citizens: PERCEPTION: FROM PRISON TO PURPOSE | FROM STATE PRISONER TO STATE PROFESSOR | COUNTERSTORY: AFTER INCARCERATION
This is a trinity of triumphant stories, and road maps, for returning citizens as each of these films takes us on a slightly different journey from prison to productive citizenry. In "Perception: From Prison to Purpose" we hear the story of the transformation of Noah Schultz who goes from gang member and drug dealer, to college grad, author, and TEDx speaker. "From State Prisoner to State Professor" we meet Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, once a state prisoner, who has transitioned from his old lifestyle to become a well-respected state professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale "Counter story: After Incarceration" focuses on the challenges of re-entry presented through the lived experiences of formerly incarcerated college students and college faculty.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Immigration Stories: THE FABRIC OF AMERICA | THE ALIEN TRIAL | AMERICA, I TOO | BROKEN ENGLISH
These timely films cover immigration challenges from a variety of angles: "The Alien Trail" follows four photographers as they capture with their lens the migrant and refugee population in the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus. In "The Fabric of America," the challenges of living in America without proper documentation is explored, from many sides, revealing the complexity and controversy, and showing how the issues manifest locally, in Montgomery County, Maryland. In "America, I Too" we follow three immigrants of different backgrounds, as they struggle to remain in the United States. Finally, "Broken English" tells the story of Jose Lopez, a student that is driven to challenge himself, only to find that the system doesn’t appreciate or respect confidence and initiative.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UNHEARD | BLACK AND BLUE | EVERYTHING WAS HAPPINESS | A RETURN
In "Unheard," amidst the depths of despair, a grieving mother finds her voice to challenge the forces of injustice and inspire hope. "Black and Blue" is the story of a marine, returning from Afghanistan, struggling with PTSD, and finding out a cop has profiled and killed one of his younger friends. When the two finally meet a conversation goes awry with dark consequences. In "Everything Was Happiness" a family struggles to temper grief with hope nearly twenty years after the incarceration of their eldest son. Sometimes coming home from prison brings all of the pain of the experience to the surface for families, as we witness in "A Return."
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Returning Citizens Track: ON THE OUTS: REENTRY FOR INMATES WITH DISABILITIES | SEARED | FROM STATE PRISONER TO STATE PROFESSOR
Living a normal life can be a struggle, but rebuilding your life after serving time in American prisons, wearing the scarlet letter “F” (felon) as you look for housing, education opportunities, or a job, increases life’s challenges exponentially. All of these films depict real life examples of those struggles, and some victories. In "On The Outs: Reentry For Inmates With Disabilities" we follow three inmates with various disabilities – vision impairment, brain injury, and mental illness – from prison, to their release dates, and their challenges with life on the outside. "Seared" is the story of a young man’s plan for suicide, as he has been beaten down by injustice and a life of crime, and his turnaround toward a life of renewed hope and passionate career as a chef. Finally, "From State Prisoner To State Professor" tells the story of Najjar Abudul-Musawwir, once a state prisoner, and his transition to a well-respected profession at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
From the Archive: PRESUMED INNOCENT
A look at pretrial detention at the House of Detention for Men at Rikers Island jail. Interviews with inmates, corrections officers, judges and criminal justice officials provide a detailed perspective on historical conditions of one of America's notorious jails.
7:00 PM - 9:00 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.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
IN THE EXECUTIONERS SHADOW | THE SANDMAN
"In the Executioner’s Shadow" tackles tough issues of justice, injustice, and capital punishment. It casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful personal narratives. One pro. One con. And the rarely heard perspective of a former executioner who reveals an astonishing story.