Justice On Trial Film Festival History
Collaboration At Work
The Justice on Trial Film Festival speaks to the challenges of people caught up in the judicial system, creating an opportunity to project their voices to a world deafened by the negative images and stereotypes presented by the media.
The Justice On Trial film festival grew out of a conversation between award-winning author Michelle Alexander and Susan Burton, founder and president of A New Way of Life Reentry Project.
Those caught up in the judicial system know only too well the pain and injustice — the solitary confinement, the stop-and-frisk humiliations, the selective prosecutions with bad plea bargains, and the unreasonably long sentences — that they suffer. They are painfully familiar with the school-to-prison pipeline that puts so many young people, particularly those of color, at risk. But their voices are often unheard beyond their own communities.
More About A New Way of Life Reentry Project
A New Way of Life has ten reentry houses, serving up to 73 women and their children at any given time. Along with emotional support and encouragement, we provide wrap-around support, including transportation assistance, community engagement and family reunification.
SERVICES & ORGANIZING
A New Way of Life also supports the community-at-large, providing the following services and opportunities: Reentry Legal Clinic, Women Organizing for Justice & Opportunity (WOJO) and All of Us or None (AOUON).
Past Film Festivals
2018 Keynote Speaker and Power Panelist
From left: California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Susan Burton, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
From Left to Right:
- Craig Webb, principal designer at Gehry Partners
- Alex Busansky, president of Impact Justice
- Ingrid Archie, ANWOL Prop. 47 specialist/civic engagement coordinator
- Ultan Guilfoyle, director of Building Justice
2016 Keynote Speaker and Power Panelist
Gary Tyler and Bobbie Wallace
After serving 41 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Gary Tyler keynoted on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Bobbie Wallace starred in the Passion Play featured in the film Cast the First Stone that was screened in the festival.
From Left to Right:
- Rick Jones, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service
- Monique Morris, Author of Pushout
- Susan Burton, ANWOL Executive Director
- Councilmember Emma Sharif
- Alex M. Johnson, Former Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund-California.
Video Highlights of Past Keynote Speakers