Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
THE GENTLEMAN BANK ROBBER
Rita "bo" brown is a white, working-class butch from rural Oregon who became known as The Gentleman Bank Robber for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. Part of the George Jackson Brigade, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group operating in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, Brown helped fund operations through her bank-robbing activities. Weaving life in present-day Oakland, where Brown now resides, with retelling of events, interviews with collaborators, and archival materials, Perini weaves together a touching look at a woman who has led a life committed to activism while maintaining a delightful sense of humor and humanity.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A CELEBRATION OF 1ST DEFENSE LEGAL AID and A NEW APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH | BLACK AND BLUE | UNHEARD | EL MURO ENTRE NOSOTROS
This year we are so happy to celebrate 1st Defense Legal Aid(FDLA), with an evening of food, films, and fantastic information. For over 20 years the FDLA has served Chicago citizens, providing attorneys – 24 hours a day/7 days a week – for those arrested and in custody, at the police station. They also are a street education powerhouse, training thousands of citizens on their rights when they are stopped or questioned by police. And, since this is a film festival, there will be films! "A New Approach to Mental Health" shows how a black psychologist is focusing his practice on the unique needs of black men. In "Black and Blue" we witness how easily situations can go awry as a Marine, struggling with PTSD, discovers a police officer has killed one of his younger friends. In "Unheard," a grieving mother finds her voice to challenge the forces of injustice and inspire hope. And , in "El Muro Entre Nosotros," a young woman finds that her felony past is not easy to escape as she is rejected for a job.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
1950: THE NATIONALIST UPRISING
Five Puerto Ricans who participated in the Nationalist Uprising of 1950 to free Puerto Rico from the United States of America, speak about the history of this forgotten struggle and the consequences in their lives. As America continues to neglect Puerto Rico, this film is particularly relevant.