Justice in Film Series

Sunday, October 20

12:00 PM- Films show concurrently at multiple locations


“The House I Live In”

Gideon’s Army

From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life" 

Registration is required; for more information, visit: www.justiceontrialfilmfestival.org 


Monday, October 21

6:00-7:30 PM- Films show concurrently at multiple locations


“Broken on All Sides” in St. Robert's Hall

The House I Live In” in Hilton 100

Redemption of a Prosecutorin William H. Hannon Library Family Suite  

Registration is required; for more information, visit: www.justiceontrialfilmfestival.org 


Some films include: 


Broken on All Sides

The project began as a way to explore, edu­cate about, and advocate change around the over­crowd­ing of the Philadelphia county jail sys­tem. The documentary has come to focus on mass incarceration across the nation and the intersection of race and poverty within criminal justice. The feature-length documentary is avail­able for activists and edu­ca­tors to use in order to raise consciousness and organize for change. Since its completion in February 2012 the director, Matthew Pil­lis­cher, has been doing a grassroots tour of the movie: set­ting up meetings in cities across the country, where a screen­ing of the movie can kick off dis­cus­sions by people who were formerly incarcerated and their families and allies on how we can dismantle the sys­tem of mass incarceration. If your school, workplace, organization, or religious institution can host a screening, please contact the director.

The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris­ons and criminal penal­ties have become a new ver­sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice?

Through inter­views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny

For more information, visit brokenonallsides.com

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Gideon's Army

GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, GIDEON’S ARMY was awarded the editing prize at the festival. The film will premiere on HBO summer 2013. 
The Ford Foundation and HBO Documentary Films presents GIDEON’S ARMY; produced by Trilogy Films in association with Motto Pictures.

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 Detroit’s Native Son

From Z8ne Street Thug to Prison to Community Leader is a documentary that brings to life the Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur story which has captivated audiences through his compelling books "The Window 2 My Soul" (2008) & "My Soul Looks Back" (2012). His story captures the essence of what it was like for a misguided, gang banging, teenage boy who was raised by an alcoholic mother, the mean streets of Detroit and an incarcerated father whom he met while in prison. Shakur's story serves as an example of redemption, hope and transformation from deep within the belly of Detroit. Despite being socially rejected by society after serving 9 years in prison, he ultimately emerged as a college graduate, proud father, business owner, author, speaker, well respected community organizer & activist dedicated to RESTORING THE NEIGHBOR BACK TO THE 'HOOD. Listen to those who respect him & know him best as they convey the importance of his testimony.

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The House I Live In


As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

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Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Live


This documentary was designed as a teaching tool to expand knowledge about the history of the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement in the United States.


Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” provides a critical exposé of the mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and the connections between slavery, capitalism and the prison industrial complex (39 mins.)


Part II “Abolition: Past, Present & Future” moves beyond criticism, and offers an example of prison abolition in practice (48 mins).


This film features Angela Y. Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Susan Burton, Melissa Burch, Dylan Rodriguez, and Andrea Smith. 

Redemption of a Prosecutor 

When prosecutor and devout Christian Preston Shipp began teaching in a Nashville prison, he never thought he’d be the one to get schooled. But the friendship he forges with one young prisoner puts his faith in the justice system—and in Jesus—to the ultimate test.


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