2022 FILM FESTIVAL ENCORE
Thank you to all who helped to make the 2022 Justice on Trial Film Festival an incredible event! The conversations had were ones to remember, and we look forward to building upon those connections as we work to build a more just and equitable world.
Due to popular demand, we are hosting a virtual encore viewing of a handful of Festival Films throughout this weekend. Please enjoy and spread the word!
Fighting for her last connection in a system designed to isolate her, pregnant Aria applies to an in-prison nursery program. She is determined to keep her baby close and turn her life around; however when Aria goes into labor she faces her biggest challenge yet. This character-driven short is based on a true story.
The Circle was written by nine men during a theatre workshop held at the California State Prison in Los Angeles County. Five actors from Project Re/Frame Ensemble, a theatrical group of formerly incarcerated individuals bring their words alive in this visual performance piece filmed on-location and on Zoom.
A group of men, formerly incarcerated together at Folsom Prison, share their most personal insights about practicing centering prayer while serving time. The film, also featuring men currently at Folsom, is an intimate testament to inner transformation.
Damon Cooke is an inmate with a life sentence for an attempted murder conviction. This is a story about the path that led him there, what he’s done in his thirty years of incarceration, and his fight for parole.
Suppressed and Sabotaged
In 2021, 19 states passed 34 new voter laws following the Big Lie of the 2020 election. This film focuses on this recent wave of voter suppression laws being enacted in states, and how the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race provides a case study for understanding voter suppression laws across the country.
Voices of Reentry
Voices of Reentry explores the challenges of reentry and the role communities can play in reducing these barriers. Viewers will hear from four storytellers who share portions of their life stories, illuminating the common threads that run through the experiences of many of the over two million people incarcerated in the U.S.