Film Synopses & Trailers

Screening Saturday, September 16, 2017

(Screenings will be followed by Q&A with film-makers)

Who Will Watch the Watcher

RT: 1:22:42

Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 11 AM

Mayer Theatre

Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Dissent in the Trump era...filming police, Black Lives Matter...citizens getting 'Woke" to a society that leaves many behind. These are the hot topics of our time and the context for Who Will Watch the Watchers? The film tracks the struggles of a young activist who is arrested for filming police, then looks for justice at City Hall in an election year.

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Jake

The aftermath of a violent interaction forces a Brooklyn cop to question the motives of his fellow officer.

RT: 7:30

Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 11 AM

Mayer Theatre

Its. Criminal

IT'S CRIMINAL

A powerful critique of the economic and social inequities that divide the United States. Featuring incarcerated woman working with Dartmouth College students, the film shows that empathy is a powerful force in bridging the divide.

RT: 1:17:00

September 16, 2017 | 11AM

Seaver 100 Theatre

The Devastating Game

RT: 13:36

September 16, 2017 | 11 AM

Seaver 100 Theatre

THE DEVASTATING GAME

After years of repeated abuse by her brother, a sister makes the most difficult decision of her life.

Incarcerating

RT: 1:24:00

September 16, 2017 | 11 AM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Incarcerating US

With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world. Incarcerating US exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms.

Robert

RT: 7:48

September 16, 2017 | 11 AM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Robert

This short film shares the story of a young man who is incarcerated at the Shelby County Division of Corrections. He was transferred to criminal court at the age of 15, and he's spent the past four years in adult detention centers as a youthful offender.

The Honest Struggle

The Honest Struggle

After over 25 years of incarceration, a Muslim convert re-enters society in the Southside of Chicago to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling with his past as a gang chief while trying to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging.

RT: 1:02:00

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Mayer Theatre

Hands Up Don't Shoot

Hands Up, Don't Shoot

A young African American man lives in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. Not only does he find it difficult to secure a job to support his girlfriend, he encounters difficulty with gang-members, store clerks, and the boys in blue. In an effort to bring awareness to how much peace he wants for everyone, each situation gets worse and worse until he takes the ultimate stand.

RT: 15:35

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Mayer Theatre

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Perception of Violence

Based on actual events, P.O.V. examines the relationship between law enforcement and young African American men in America.

RT: 14:00

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Mayer Theatre

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RT: 1:00:00

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story

Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in state prison. Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy — the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist — on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation, and redemption.

When Justice Isnt Just

When Justice Isn't Just

WHEN JUSTICE ISN’T JUST features legal experts, local activists, and law enforcement officers delving into ongoing charges of inequality, unfair practices, and politicized manipulations of America's judicial system.

RT: 50:10

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Seaver 100 Theater

Life after Life

RT: 1:11:15

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Life After Life

After decades behind bars, three men set out to prove success can lie on the other side of tragedy. As their stories unfold over weeks, months and years, the precarious nature of freedom after incarceration in America is revealed.

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Revolving Doors

A portrait of American recidivism produced over a span of two years, Revolving Doors follows Jason, who, despite attempts to retain meaningful employment, fails and returns to prison, devastating his family.

RT: 18:00

September 16, 2017 | 3:30 PM

Seaver  200 Theatre

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Screening Sunday, September 17, 2017

(Screenings will be followed by Q&A with film-makers)

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A Walk to Freedom

Donna Hylton's first person interview about the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration, and how she learned to live, love, and trust all over again.

RT: 31:53

September 17, 2017 | 12 PM

LSB Auditorium Theatre

Susan

RT: 20:00

September 17, 2017  | 12 PM

LSB Auditorium Theatre

Part of a growing movement to end mass incarceration in America, the film profiles Susan Burton and, her organization A New Way of Life.

After serving six prison sentences, Susan broke the cycle of incarceration and has helped other women to do the same. With a network of five houses in South Central, A New Way of Life helps women and girls live free from the criminal justice system.

Susan is about injustice and compassion, about despair and determination, and ultimately, about building a better America.

Bang

RT: 9:42

September 17, 2017 | 12 PM

LSB Auditorium Theatre

BANG!

With no employment and two starving children, a mom is pushed to her breaking point.

They Know Not

RT: 10:42

September 17, 2017 | 12 PM

LSB Auditorium Theatre

FOR THEY KNOW NOT

A woman, addicted to heroin, decides that today she will quit, but getting help is more difficult than she expected.