The Freedom Film Series uses film to address issues of systemic injustice. The series invites you into dialogue with the issues presented in the films during conversations with filmmakers, content matter experts and activists following the screenings. Topics addressed during the series includes inequity in policing and the criminal justice system, the disparate impact of illegal drugs on communities of color, systemic racism, disability and more.
In 1973, four young Black men were stealing guns for self-defense when they were cornered by NYPD officers. In a panic, the men took twelve hostages. The film centers on police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg who convinces his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with “criminals” and, hopefully, prevent a violent bloodbath. Nearly 50 years after the incident, the film has the power to revolutionize American policing. Learn more
Thursday, May 26 – APART
Filmed over 3 ½ years, the film follows three mothers who were caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration rates for women during America’s War on Drugs. The three women return from prison and attempt to rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at a new reentry program for women run by an activist formerly incarcerated in the same prison.
Additional films and dates to be determined:
- July (part of the OTR International Film Festival)
Location: Harriet Tubman Theater