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Reel Justice: A Film Conference on Police Brutality & Violence Against Women
Presented by Working Films

April 29-30, 2009
Lehman College, Bronx, NY
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Partner Organizations
•    Rosa Clemente - Campaign Director, Immigrant Rights Amnesty International/USA
•    Quentin Walcott -
Connect, NYC
•    Asere Bello -
Columbia University Sexual Violence Prevention Program
•    Leymah Gbowee -
the leader of the Mass Action Campaign for Peace & currently the Co -Founder and Executive Director of Women in Peace and Security Network – Africa, Pray the Devil Back to Hell  
•    Kevin Powell –
author/ activist
•    Tami Gold –
producer, Every Mother’s Son
•    Iris Baez –
mother of Anthony Baez, Every Mother’s Son
•    King Downing -
Former director Anti-Racial Profiling Project, ACLU
•    Angela Jones -
NYCLU, Schools to Prisons Pipeline
•    Rod Star -
Rebel Diaz
•    M1 -
Dead Prez
•    Asha Bandele -
author / activist
•    Jacob Massaqoui -
African Refuge
•    Margarita Rosario - 
mother of Antonio Rosario, Justifiable Homicide
•    Glo Ross -
•    Gina Arias - 
Justice Committee
•    Kamau Franklin -
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, National Coordinating Committee
•    Jayson Jeremias -
Lehman College’s Student Conference
•    Lamont OyeWale Badru -
Lehman College’s Black Legacy Organization
•    Dr. Delores Jones-Brown -
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
•    Asere Bello -
•    Dr. Clarice Bailey –
Andrus Family Fund
•    Emi Kane -
•    Sienna Baskin -
Sex Workers Project


Every Mother's Son, (53 minutes)
Directors/ Producers: Kelly Anderson, Tami Gold

every mother's sonA portrait of three women who have paid the ultimate price for the aggressive, "zero tolerance" policing practices that swept through American cities during the 1990's - each lost an unarmed child at the hands of the law. Dealing with the repercussions of their children's deaths upon their lives, they come together and learn how to organize within their communities and speak out about the need to rethink and reform policing.

Bullets In The Hood: A Bed Stuy Story (short film)
Directors/ Producers: Terrence Fisher, DCTV

Produced and directed by New York City teenagers Daniel Howard and Terrence Fisher, as a response to the eleven friends they had lost between them due to gun violence. The film took a tragic turn during its production when Terrence experienced the horrific consequences of losing another friend, his best friend, to gun violence--only this time the shooter was a New York City housing policeman. Terrence's "retaliation" was to capture the events of the tense days and weeks afterwards through the lens of his camera.

If 5-0 Shoots (short film)
Directors/ Producers: Byron Hurt

A tribute to Sean Bell, who was murdered in 2006 in a hail of 51 bullets on the eve of his wedding.

Sexist Culture & Media: Violence in Society

HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (55 minutes)
Directors/ Producers: Byron Hurt

A riveting documentary that examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through the lens of filmmaker Byron Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist. Conceived as a "loving critique" from a self-proclaimed "hip-hop head," Hurt examines issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today's hip-hop culture.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell, (feature length)
Directors/ Producers: Gini Reticker & Abigail Disney

Chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, (feature length)
Directors/ Producers: Lisa F. Jackson

Tells the story of brave women who have been kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from foreign militias and the Congolese army.

Justifiable Homicide, (82 minutes)
Director: Jon Osman

A feature documentary based on the brutal murder of two Puerto Rican young men Antonio Rosario and Hilton Vega who were shot by two NYPD detectives in the Bronx in early 1995. One of the detectives was Mayer Giuliani's former body guard. The story follows Margarita Rosario, as she transforms from a mourning mother and Aunt to a powerful community activist, questioning the police officers' actions and raising the possibility of a cover-up.

Long Night's Journey Into Day, (feature length)
Directors/ Producers: Deborah Hoffmann, Frances Reid

Tells four stories of Apartheid in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of the Truth and Reconciliation commission. White soldiers who have killed ANC activists, black activists who have killed whites in political attacks: can there be forgiveness when the full truth comes out?

Policia Mineira, (53 minutes)
Director: Estevao Ciavatta

In 1993, the world heard about Vigario Geral, a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In one night 21 innocent people were killed by military police in the largest massacre in the history of the city. In the same year AfroReggae Cultural Group (GCAR) was born with the goal of providing an alternative for youth using community work and culture.  The first community GCAR entered was Vigario Geral, where the organizers brought together youth and local police using the cultural arts.

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