Monday, September 28, 2009

Least of These Screening, San Francisco

Surviving Criminalization: Films on Incarceration & Family Detention

The Equal Justice Society next month will feature two documentaries that take a probing look into America's criminal justice and immigrant detention systems. As racial justice advocates, we believe that building a movement that addresses both systems of oppression is imperative.

Wednesday, October 14th
7:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
1881 Post Street, San Francisco Japantown

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Putting a human face on the issue of incarceration, THE TRUST ( follows three men determined to stop the cycle for themselves, their families and their communities. The men’s experiences are contextualized by expert testimony, which explores the historical and contemporary Corrections System providing a framework to understand how our prison population has grown from 200,000 to over 2.3 million in less than 40 years. THE TRUST is currently in production, and we will screen a 20-minute trailer.

THE LEAST OF THESE [], the second film, explores one of the most controversial aspects of U.S. immigration policy - family detention.

THE LEAST OF THESE takes a penetrating look at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former medium-security prison that re-opened in 2006 as a prototype family detention center. The facility houses immigrant children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings.

As troubling information about facility conditions began to leak out, legal advocates proceeded to investigate. The film tells the stories of their quest to bring justice to families in detention, and explores the role (and limits) of community and legal activism in bringing about institutional change. This feature-length screening will be the West Coast premiere of THE LEAST OF THESE.

The film screenings will be followed by a panel discussion
and Q&A session with the films' directors and lead characters.

General admission: $10
Community member rate: $ 5

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact either:
Sara Jackson,
Miguel Gavaldón,