Broken on All Sides Screening & Discussion with Producer Matt Pillischer
Film Screening & Discussion
Friday, December 21 st NYC Premier
Producer/director Matt Pillischer will be presenting the movie and leading a panel discussion afterwards along with other community activists and people who were formerly incarcerated. Broken On All Sides Preview: http://www.brokenonallsides.com/ About The Movie: Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. is an hour-long independent documentary that explores the intersection of race and… Show more poverty within the criminal justice system. More African Americans are under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850. Broken On All Sides cen ters around the the ory put for ward by many, and most recently and eloquently by Michelle Alexan der (who appears in the movie), that mass incar cer a tion has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explo sion of the prison pop u la tion, and because dis cre tion within the sys tem allows for arrest and pros e cu tion of peo ple of color at alarm ingly higher rates than whites, pris ons and collateral penal ties have become a new ver sion of Jim Crow. Beyond the highest incarceration rate in the world, much of the dis crim I na tion that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today ille gal when applied to black peo ple but per fectly legal when applied to "criminals" or "felons." But through con scious and uncon scious choices, black and brown peo ple have been tar geted at sig nif I cantly higher rates for arrest, pros e cu tion, and conviction. So, where does this leave crim I nal justice? The film is a "compelling call to action." It argues that we can no longer close our eyes to the destruction this system has laid on communities of color and poor communities. The movie shows how the criminal justice system was used as a response to social problems and as a reaction to the Civil Rights and Black Power movements at the same time many industrial jobs in black communities were moved to cheaper non-union states or other countries. With Philadelphia as the entry point, in Broken On All Sides, you'll meet individuals whose perspectives represent many angles of the system, and you'll be presented with a historical narrative you don't often hear about prisons and crime. It's no coincidence that America's effort to get "tough on crime" and its never-ending "war on drugs" coincide the largest spike in the number of people incarcerated in our nation's history, with little-to-no positive impact on crime or safety. Broken On All Sides investigates these complex issues, concludes that the system is surely broken, and offers ideas for change. What People Are Saying: "Thank you on behalf of the spirit of George Jackson and the December 9th Georgia and International Prisoners' Rights Movement... Every conscious person in the world needs to see this film." - Elaine Brown, former leader of the Black Panther Party "Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences. It is an excellent resource to use in educating, motivating, and empowering your group, organization, or community on this critical issue." - James E. Williams, Jr., Public Defender & Chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System "Those among us who might think the struggle for 'Civil Rights' is essentially a done deal face a rude awakening. Of several urgent moral mountains still to climb, U.S. criminal law & incarceration reform is a major one. Matt Pillischer's film Broken On All Sides joins Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Douglas Blackmon's Slavery By Another Name as poignant present-tense calls-to-arms. A subject no honest feeling citizen dare avoid." - Gladden Schrock, Pulitzer-nominated Writer/Cultural Analyst "Broken On All Sides is an invaluable teaching resource. The American penal system has to be at the center of any discussion of racial inequality, and this documentary powerfully demonstrates the human toll of this inhumane system. While clear-eyed in its assessment of the many obstacles to change, it is a compelling call to action." - Greta Snyder, Instructor of Racial Politics, University of Virginia Synopsis
The project began as a way to explore, edu cate about, and advocate change around the over crowd ing of the Philadelphia county jail sys tem. The documentary has come to focus on mass incarceration across the nation and the intersection of race and poverty within criminal justice. The feature-length documentary is avail able for activists and edu ca tors to use in order to raise consciousness and organize for change. Since its completion in February 2012 the director, Matthew Pil lis cher, has been doing a grassroots tour of the movie: set ting up meetings in cities across the country, where a screen ing of the movie can kick off dis cus sions by people who were formerly incarcerated and their families and allies on how we can dismantle the sys tem of mass incarceration. If your school, workplace, organization, or religious institution can host a screening, please contact the director. The documentary centers around the theory put for ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris ons and criminal penal ties have become a new ver sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The prob lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice? Through inter views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.
Khalid Abdul Rasheed and Theresa Shoatz, activists with the Human Rights Coalition (Philadelphia)
Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow," Associate Professor of Law at Mortiz College of Law, and Senior Fellow at Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Jonathan Feinberg, partner with Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg
John Goldkamp, Chair of the Temple University Criminal Justice Department
Nathaniel Gravely Hayes, construction worker, formerly incarcerated in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS)
Angus Love, board member of Pa Prison Society
Marlene Martin, National Director of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Tom Namako, journalist who toured PPS and wrote City Paper articles on overcrowding
John Street, former mayor of Philadelphia
Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Supervising Judge at the Pa Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division
Su Ming Yeh, attorney with Pa Institutional Law Project
Carlton Young, former correctional officer in PPS
Website http://www.brokenonallsides.com/ Looking for co-sponsors! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization can co-sponsor, or for more info.
Screenings: For a full & updated list of screenings and events, go to: http://brokenonallsides.com/calendar.php Broken On All Sides on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewVisionsForCriminalJustice/info
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