5 p.m.: Remand
Director: Craig Detweiler, USA/Uganda, 2016, 40 mins
Henry, a Ugandan boy, is losing hope, languishing in prison, awaiting trial for two murders he didn't commit. Jim's comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry would never meet. Remand tells the true story of how Tumusiime Henry and Jim Gash, separated by an ocean, thousands of miles, and differing cultures, worked together to inspire justice reform for an entire country.
5:40 p.m.: Straight from the Pen
Director: Paul Sutton, USA, 2017, 51 mins.
Twenty-four prisoners—mostly lifers—sat across from a dozen college students on a maximum security prison yard in southern California as part of an innovative and inspiring creative writing class. For 14 weeks, prisoners learned to express themselves openly and honestly, many for the first time in their lives, to a group of strangers, in a setting where survival often demands alienation, disaffection, even violence.
And the students—at first apprehensive, even hateful—discovered that the men across from them were far from the callous and unfeeling monsters they had expected to meet. Through their often intimate collaboration, both groups found hope and humanity in a place where they had expected neither.
NOTE: Director Paul Sutton will attend and answer questions after the film.
8 p.m.: Water Warriors
Director: Michael Premo, Canada/USA, 2017, 22 mins
When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and their way of life.
The Good Mind
Director: Gwendolen Cates, USA, 2016, 66 mins
Rarely has the Onondaga Nation in central New York State opened its doors to non-Native people. Filmmaker Gwendolen Cates offers this intimate portrait of an indigenous sovereign nation that never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by clanmothers and chiefs. As the Central Fire of the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the world’s first true democracies, they inspired the Founding Fathers. The film’s journey reveals the Nation’s tireless environmental advocacy, and their legal battle with the U.S. over ancestral land taken by New York State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation seeks environmental stewardship of their sacred land and waters, which have suffered vast degradation by industrial resource extraction and pollution. The film follows Onondaga leaders and young people, and their longtime advocate, a civil rights attorney, from the Nation to NYC, DC and Europe, as they fight for justice.
Director Gwendolyn Cates MAY attend and answer questions after the film.