Saturday, October 5, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
MILLS PARK TOWER AND FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN CENTER present
Screening: The Chains on Edward Bailey and The Issue of Mr. O'Dell
MPT - 1025 Pleasant
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
FOCUS ON REENTRY - SHORT FILMS
Benevolence | Director Joanne Hershfield
Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons | Director Robert Greenwald
Outside-Daniel Laurent | Director Jeffery Palmer
The Chains of Edward Bailey | Director Alex Anderson
Reintegrating into the community is the challenge of every returning citizen. This series of films tells a variety of stories of women and men on their journeys back to society after years of incarceration.
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
SOUTHSIDE PROJECTIONS presents
Two films from New York’s Pacific Street Films group look at state abuses of power in the criminal justice system. Examining the case of Martin Sostre, a black Puerto Rican bookstore owner in Buffalo, New York who was framed on drug possession charges in 1967 and sentenced to prison, Frame-Up! (Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher, & Howard Blatt, 1974) shows how the American justice system can be abused for purposes of political repression. Voices from Within (Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher, 1977, 20 min.) dramatizes the loneliness and desperation of long-term prisoners who are denied many of the benefits provided to
short-term prisoners, and reveals the emotional damage done to them and their families by extended incarceration.
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
AMERICA: WHO'S HOME IS IT?
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
THE SWEETEST LAND film screening
The Sweetest Land | Director Jeffrey Teitler
After the gunshots, in urban America, trauma pagers will sound, mothers will scream and the lives of too many that matter will forever change. Yet according to evidence, much of this was entirely preventable. Beyond the bloodshed and bullets, every year brings a new chance to save lives, advance youth and improve a community. There are political speeches, millions spent and community promises made. But when the soundbites fade and the violence continues, who actually shows up? As seen through the midnight surgeons, the victims of violence, the beat cops, and prevention organizations, The Sweetest Land investigates the real story of violence, prevention, and politics, where complacency can no longer be an option. Lives can matter.
Following the film we will hold a panel discussion exploring what is working to reduce violence in our neighborhoods, and gathering ideas from our audience.