A series of dynamic sessions will complement the screenings of compelling productions at the Third Annual Justice on Trial Film Festival, October 23-24, on the downtown Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. At a moment in the nation’s history when critical criminal justice reforms stir the air, the event will serve as a public platform to address many of the challenges confronting America today, from over-policing and gender violence to immigrant detention and mass incarceration.
Opening night, 5 – 9 pm, features the Say Her Name Session with nationally recognized women’s advocates Kimberle Crenshaw of UCLA and Azadeh Zohrabi, attorney with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Saturday, 2 - 6 pm, presents the Free Me Forum headlined by Georgetown’s Paul Butler and Truthout’s Maya Schenwar.
The stimulating and provocative film slate includes Bridging the Divide, Lost in Detention, Home of the Brave, The Throwaways, Imperial Dreams, 15 to Life, Tales of the Grim Sleeper and Peace Officer.
Panelists for the films include an impressive line-up of award-winning women producers, directors and advocates: Lyn Goldfarb, Alison Sotomayor (Bridging the Divide), Paola di Florio (Home of the Brave), Amalia Molina (Lost in Detention) Nadine Pequeneza (15 to Life), Priscilla Ocen (Tales of the Grim Sleeper) and Cheryl Dorsey (Peace Officer). Co-directors Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley (The Throwaways) and writer/director Malik Vitthal (Imperial Dreams) join the festival, as well as Lorraine Bradley, daughter of Mayor Tom Bradley (Bridging the Divide) and Mary Liuzzo, daughter of murdered civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo (Home of the Brave).
The Justice on Trial Film Festival is the annual showcase of groundbreaking content in the criminal justice reform space. Founded by Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project and Michelle Alexander, author of the New York Times Bestseller The NewJim Crow, the event partners with universities to serve as a platform for education, understanding, inspiration and action. This year’s sponsors include the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Californians for Safety and Justice, Children’s Defense Fund-California, LA Progressive, Mount Saint Mary’s University – Film, Media & Communications Department, Sony Entertainment Pictures and The Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund of the Women’s Foundation of California.
Founded in 1998 by CNN Top Ten Hero Susan Burton, A New Way of Life addresses the challenges of community re-entry by providing critical resources, support and a second chance at leading healthy and successful lives for the formerly incarcerated, especially women and girls and their families. Its alliance with All of Us or None recognizes fundamental changes to policy and law are necessary instruments for societal change.