Wednesday, October 9, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS
Where There Is Darkness | Directors Sean Bloomfield & Cimela Kidonakis
Having devoted his life to helping the less fortunate, Fr. Rene Robert was regarded as a "living saint" in the tight-knit community of St. Augustine, Florida. But when Fr. Rene began helping ex-convicts get their lives together after prison, the people closest to him worried that he was putting his life at risk—especially the local sheriff, David Shoar. So, in April, 2016, when Fr. Rene failed to show up at a church service, Sheriff Shoar immediately put his best detectives on the case and local residents joined in searching for the beloved priest. It quickly became apparent, however, that Fr. Rene was not just missing—someone had taken him against his will. This true-crime documentary follows the nationwide search for Fr. Rene, which resulted in a series of shocking revelations and the discovery of a 20-year-old letter in which Fr. Rene seemed to foretell his own fate.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
TROUBLE FINDS YOU | NYPD'S GAND DATABASE | VICTIM WITNESS
In Trouble Finds You, Bronx native Kraig Lewis was set to graduate with a Masters in business, determined to get his son out of the rough streets of his NYC neighborhood. Instead, his life is turned upside down when he’s caught in the city’s largest gang bust in history.
Certainly, Chicago has its problems with its gang database. In this documentary we get to dig into the NYPD's Gang Database, a blackbox of secrecy that no one knows the inner workings of. The NYPD maintains a secret database with names of people they believe to be ‘gang' affiliated, the numbers of which have jumped by 70% under Mayor Bill de Blasio. There are about 42,000 names in the database, 99% are people of color. Having your name in the database can lead to further surveillance, harassment, and enhanced bail recommendations, among other far-reaching consequences.
In Victim Witness a criminal justice system that once failed victims in New Hampshire was changed by an attorney with a revolutionary idea: believe victims.