(In) Justice For All Film Festival Director, Daryle Brown, sits down with Mogul Broadcast Network™ to casually discuss the 3rd year of this impactful film festival!

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The (In)Justice for All Film Festival is an exciting and groundbreaking event designed to raise awareness about the magnitude of the harm caused by mass incarceration by harnessing the creative energies of dedicated, socially conscious filmmakers. See these films, expand your mind, grow your heart, and join the movement for justice.

– Michelle Alexander




The (In)Justice for All Film Festival was conceived as a project to pull together a consortium of social justice organizations, universities and colleges, and faith-based organizations, and use the power of film to educate our community and build the grass roots support needed to affect the systemic changes we require. To that end, in addition to screening films, we, along with our various partners, will be hosting several events to enrich our understanding of the issues and challenges associated with the mass incarceration epidemic. Mental Health, Drug Addiction and Abuse, Harsh Juvenile Sentencing, Three Strikes Laws, etc., are potential topics for workshops, panel discussions and forums.

For more information visit: www.injusticeforallff.com

All movie screenings are FREE!

Special Pre-Festival Partnership Screening
Friday, April 15th |7:45pm
The (In)Justice For All Film Festival
in partnership with
CIMMfest present:
Songs of Redemption
Directors: Amanda Sans & Miquel Galofre

Comfort Station
2579 N Milwaukee Avenue • Chicago
This year our partnership with CIMMfest has depended as we have selected one of our outstanding films, with a powerful musical influence, to screen as part of their festival.

Jamaica is not generally known for a progressive penal system, but at Kingston’s notorious General Penitentiary inmates have access to musical training, a radio station, and recording facilities as part of a program officials credit with significantly reducing once-rampant violence within the imposing brick walls. Songs of Redemption goes inside “GP” to show how the ability to make music behind bars affects prisoners’ lives in providing not just a desperately needed creative outlet, but also a means to confront their violent pasts and to send a ska-, dub-, and reggae-inflected message of peace to the outside world.

Thursday, April 21st | 6pm – 7pm
Festival Opening Reception

Trinity United Church of Christ: Atrium
400 W. 95th Street, Chicago
The (In)Justice For All Film Festival kicks off with our opening reception as we pause for a few minutes to share our appreciation to all those who worked to put together this wonderful slate of films, who built the partnerships that allow us to share these films all around Chicago, and the filmmakers that dedicated time and treasure to tell the stories designed to move people, and importantly, move people to action. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 21st | 7pm – 9pm
Opening Ceremony
and screening of
Dramatic Escape

Trinity United Church of Christ – Sanctuary
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
Join us as we kick off our 3rd Annual (In)Justice For All Film Festival with a short program, featuring comments by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, a review of what’s to come over the next 9 days, and a special screening of Dramatic Escape. This film transports the viewer into the lives of a group of maximum security inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York, as they attempt to mount a behind-the-bars stage production of A Few Good Men. A testimony to the power of the arts to transform . . . even behind the walls of one of American’s most notorious prisons.

Friday, April 22nd |7pm – 9pm
Uri-Eichen Gallery presents:
120 Days
Director: Ted Roach

Uri-Eichen Gallery
2010 S. Halsted • Chicago
Family man Miguel Cortes could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave the country voluntarily and paying a $5,000 bond, a North Carolina immigration judge offers him 120 days to get his affairs in order before leaving his wife and two daughters in the United States to continue their education. Miguel has 120 Days to work hard, save money and weigh his options about returning to Mexico alone, or risk changing his name and disappearing back into another U.S. city illegally to keep his family together. This film provides us with a very personal, powerful, and poignant story of the painful decisions faced by many immigrants today.

Friday, April 22nd |7pm – 9pm
The African American Law Students of Northwestern Law School present:
If I See You I’ll Say Hi
Director: Julia Roeselers

Northwestern University School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue • Chicago
Filmmaker Julia Roeselers was employed at the neighborhood-cafe when she was threatened with a butch knife during a robbery. The perpetrator turned out to be her 14 year old neighbor. Justice, youth care, detention, victim assistance, the right to speak and the right to remain silent all part of the criminal justice system. But, what about the victim’s fears and doubts, the grief of the boy’s mother, the future, stereo typing, and life in the tiny neighborhood on the island? The film follows Julia’s thoughts and doubts in a gentle quest for perceptions of and experiences with criminal law, victimization, youth crime and restorative justice.

Saturday, April 23rd | 11:00am – 12:30pm
The Next Movement presents:
Short Film Program #1
Black Square | Director: Nikoloz Bezhanishvili
Native Immigration | Director: Eric Romero
Fish | Director: Saman Hosseinpuor
These Colors Do Run | Director: Angel Paris
Divestment Victory at Columbia | Director: Jonathan Klett
Kick The Kickbacks | Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

Trinity United Church of Christ – Chapel
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
The view of the drug addict is similarly negative around the world. Ana finds the country she knew gone, once she is released from prison. In Black Square she finds government indifference and public contempt is one thing that hasn’t change as she works to get her old friend Tamazi benefits she needs to survive. Native Immigration is a mocumentary that looks at a new and shocking phenomenon described at “Native Immigration.” In many places in America we look at water as an abundant resource. In Fish an old couple are forced to go to extreme measures to rescue their fish when the bowl is broken during a water changing. Life after prison is incredibly challenging. Finding work is critical. These Colors Do Run provides a creative and personal perspective of one mans struggles. Students at Columbia University document their fight for force their university to divest millions of dollars from private prisons in Divestment Victory at Columbia. As the cost of making phone calls has moved to practically zero, the most profitable calls in America are those originating from behind prison bars. Calls made by some of our poorest individuals and families. Kick The Kickbacks documents the Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice’s activism efforts to change this.

Saturday, April 23rd | 1pm – 3pm
McCormick Theological Seminary presents:
Class, Race, and Poverty: Short Film Series
M35 Bus | Director: Nich Perez
Love and Capitalism | Director: Bret Hamilton
YAAR | Director: Simon Gillard
Baltimore: A Moment to a Movement | Director: Jonathan Klett

McCormick Theological Seminary
5460 S. University Avenue • Chicago
In M35 Bus, the Clients of the several homeless shelters of Wards Island, in the borough of Manhattan, speak up.
They focus on the critical need for transportation to improve their lives and escape poverty. Love and Capitalism is an ongoing series of street interviews that target the intersections of class and ideology in neighborhoods of different socioeconomic makeup. In this edition we visited the Chicago neighborhoods of Little Village, Lake View, and Wicker Park. YAAR, takes us to the heart of the bush where a stubborn civilization hunts out its future below the earth’s surface. Blind, or perhaps all too seeing, they dig away, night and day, spurred on by the madness that drives man to his death. And finally, in Baltimore: A Moment to a Movement we explore the community of Freddie Gray, the young black man that was killed in a police van. The media called it a riot, but on the streets of Baltimore they call it an uprising. But in working class Black communities across the city, the issues go beyond police violence. This film provides perspective from people on the front line of the struggle for justice.

Saturday, April 23rd | 3pm – 5pm
Trinity UCC Singles Community: Same Gender Loving Community present:
The Church House: Sexuality and the Black Church
Director: D. Channsin Berry

Trinity United Church of Christ – Sanctuary
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
This new documentary film, from award winning Director/Producer D. Channsin Berry, takes a look into the history of sex in the black church. Berry promises that the film is not a witch-hunt, but it is a progressive history lesson of the Black Church in America. The film specifically examines three areas: the history of sex and Christianity, what does sex mean and where does it show up in the Bible; the history of the black church in America, and; the history of sex in the black church.

Following the screening, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will lead a discussion with the director in an interactive conversation with the audience.

Saturday, April 23rd | 5pm – 7pm
Director: Andrew Friend

Trinity United Church of Christ – Chapel
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
This documentary looks at the attack on teachers in Chicago who are members of the Chicago Teachers Union CTU and links it to Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public workers in Wisconsin. The film exposes the scapegoating of teachers and the push to privatize education by Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and the forces behind privatization and who will benefit while also looking at efforts to move toward a general strike in Wisconsin against Walker’s program instead of a strategy of electing Democrats in the legislature.

Saturday, April 23rd | 5:30pm – 8pm
The Next Movement, Community TV Network, and University Church of Hyde Park present:
Young Filmmakers for Justice
Making Peace in the Streets
Peace House
The School Project
Juvenile Justice: The Road to Reform

University Church
5655 S. University Avenue • Chicago
For the second year, The Next Movement has partnered with the Community TV Network to host Young Filmmakers for Justice, a special presentation of films produced by young men and women in our community, as well as from Baltimore. Join us as we celebrate the work of young filmmakers. This is sure to be a powerful evening. – Following the films, our young filmmakers will be available, through a moderated panel, to answer questions and expound on their creative works.

Saturday, April 23rd | 8pm – 10pm
Chicago Filmmakers present:
Art Connect
Director: Miquel Galofre

Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark Street • Chicago
Art Connect vividly illustrates how creative intervention changed the lives of a group of young people in Laventille, a disenfranchised and volatile community in Trinidad & Tobago. The film documents the profound impact that painting, poetry, music, and dance had on the children, who were given digital cameras to record their experiences. By allowing the viewer intimate access to their world, they reveal their hopes and fears, and we witness their lives transform.

Sunday, April 24th | 2pm – 4pm
The Next Movement presents:
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
From: Brave New Films

Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
The film connects the dots on how gun companies and the gun lobby make profit from gun violence by telling the stories of 5 families affected by gun violence:
Domestic Violence – a mother and her father shot (survived) by her estranged husband in front of their 4 year old
Unintentional Shooting – mother of a 13 year old killed when classmates accidentally shot him looking at a parent’s gun
Mass Shooting – family of one of the victims of the Aurora, CO theatre shooting
Suicide – family of a young man, a month out of marriage, who committed suicide by gun
Trafficking – family of a young man killed by stray fire at his church (you may know the family. Victim is Terrell Bosley, mother Pam Bosley) – this section is about Chicago and how gun violence and trafficking disproportionately affect the black community.

Sunday, April 24th | 5pm – 7pm
1st Trinity Lutheran Church presents:
Dramatic Escape
Director: David Kennedy

1st Trinity Lutheran Church
643 W. 31st Street • Chicago
Dramatic Escape transports the viewer into the lives of a group of maximum security inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York, as they attempt to mount a behind-the-bars stage production of A Few Good Men.

Monday, April 25th | 6:30pm – 9pm
The 4th Presbyterian Church of Chicago and the Interfaith Coalition Against Racism present:
Racism: A Short Film Study
All Is Forgiven | Director: Eliot Grigo
Ketchup and Blood | Director: Bret Hamilton
Hymns of Three Cities | Director: Lisa Mills
The Greens | Director: Sam Spitz
Trick Bag | From: Kartemquin Films
Voices of Cabrini Green | Director: Ronita Bezalel

4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago
126 E. Chestnut Street • Chicago
A black teenager finds that his own home can be construed as the “wrong place, at the wrong time” in All is Forgiven. Integrating lunch counters in the South is dramatically recreated in Ketchup and Blood as we witness young Americans protesting in the Jim Crow era. In Hymns of Three Cities the dark corners of Orlando, Florida’s past are revealed through striking visuals and the powerful poetry of Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright. Chicago is known for some of the worlds most notorious housing projects. The Greens examines the lives of former Cabrini-Green residents through the eyes of a white college kid as he sits in a black barbershop chair. Trick Bag examines race from the perspective of gang members, Vietnam vets and young factory works from Chicago neighborhoods. And finally, Voices of Cabrini Green, shot over a four-year period, is a gripping documentary chronicling the demolition of Cabrini Green from the perspectives of residents, community activists and local business owners.

Be sure to plan to stay for the conversation on race that will follow the film as Director Lisa Mills, Poet Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright, and Karen Fulbright-Anderson, Phd. will participate in an interactive conversation.

Tuesday, April 26th | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Next Movement, Chicago Filmmakers and Columbia College present:
Art Connect
Director: Miquel Galofre

Columbia College, Hokin Hall
600 S. Michigan Avenue • Chicago
Art Connect vividly illustrates how creative intervention changed the lives of a group of young people in Laventille, a disenfranchised and volatile community in Trinidad & Tobago. The film documents the profound impact that painting, poetry, music, and dance had on the children, who were given digital cameras to record their experiences. By allowing the viewer intimate access to their world, they reveal their hopes and fears, and we witness their lives transform.

Tuesday, April 26th | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Next Movement presents:
Pagdi The Honour
Director: Rajeef Bhatia

Trinity United Church of Christ – Chapel
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
What happens when you fall in love . . . outside of your caste. This very personal exploration of how caste defines society roles, and how quickly police violence ensues, is powerful and emotional, and provides an insight into a humantarian reality for millions of Indians.

Wednesday, April 27th | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
South Side Projections & Co-Prosperity Sphere presents:
Death By The State
The Last Request | Director: Emanuele Secci
The Chair | Director: Robert Drew

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan • Chicago
These two films explore how the state puts its own citizens to death. It should be noted that in Illinois, the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty fought a long and hard campaign to end death as a sentence here. Of course, the state still sentences people to death, only now it is the slow and torturous death accorded to those with sentences of natural life, or perhaps 100 years.

In The Last Request, a woman sits on an electric chair waiting to take her last breath. She has been given time only to consume her last request; her life is coming to an end and yet she still has a few minutes to see a beginning. In The Chair, we are privy to the innerworkings of the struggle to get Paul Crump off of death row following his conviction for murder. While in prison he undergoes a transformation, but non-the-less, there is a date with death hanging over this head.

Charles “Chick” Hoffman, Assistant Public Defender in the Supreme Court Unit at the Office of the State Appellate Defender, and member of the board of directors of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will be here to discuss the death penalty and provide context to films.

Thursday, April 28th | 5:30pm Reception, 6:30pm Film Screenings
The Next Movement presents:
A Black Panther Retrospective
Off The Pig | Director: Newsreel
Power to the People | Director: December 4th Committee
Right On: A Friend Remembers Fred Hampton | Director:

Southshore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Drive • Chicago
This is the film the Black Panthers used to promote their cause. Shot in 1969 in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento, this exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking traces the development of the Black Panther organization. In an interview from jail, Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton describes the origins of the Panther Party, Eldridge Cleaver explains the Panthers’ appeal to the Black community, and Chairman Bobby Seale enumerates the Panther 10-Point Program as Panthers march and demonstrate.

Friday, April 29th | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
C.L.A.I.M and TNM present:
Children of the Incarcerated
Feeling Wanted | Director: Yasmin Mistry
Letters Home | Director: Susan Mullen
Mothering Inside | Director: Brian Lindstrom
Visiting Day | Director: Jennifer Taylor

Columbia College
TBD • Chicago
This year’s film submissions, in many cases, fit comfortably together to showcase specific issues. We are extremely excited to be able to feature this grouping of short documentaries, Children of the Incarcerated. Four wonderful films comprise this experience. Feeling Wanted provides an intimate look into the life of a six year old forced by circumstances to assume adult roles, not only for herself, but for her baby sister. Through film we are presented with the power of letters as a father struggles to maintain a relationship with his daughter from jail and eventual prison in Letters Home. You’ll feel both the pain and the promise of this challenging relationship. In Mothering Inside we witness a program at Coffee Creek Prison where incarcerated mothers are taught parenting skills and their children are regularly brought to the prison for parental interaction. Lastly, Visiting Day takes us inside the life of Daisy Gomez as she works at being a mom, a counselor and a spouse of an incacerated dad. We get to see what she goes through, weekly, as she attempts to maintain the bond between her daughter and her husband.

Saturday, April 30th | Noon – 1:30pm
The Next Movement Presents:
Short Film Program #2
Lockdown | Director: Lauren Knapp
I You We | Director: Ali Erfan Farhadi
Scarf | Director: Shadi Aminy
Fruitcake | Director: Harriet Croucheri
The Chain | Director: Noël Dow Barlow

Trinity United Church of Christ – Chapel
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
Many of us remember seeing the old black and white films of school drills in preparation for a nuclear attack. Lockdown provides a view of drills that an everyday American school now uses in preparation for a shooter arriving in their midst. In I You We what starts as a fun game for a group of kindergarteners, becomes a dark venture into our environmental reality. What does censorship look like? Scarf is a poetic vision from Iran that uses song, dance, and the poetry of Mehdi Moosave (a poet sentenced to 11 years of prison and 99 lashes on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in his poetry). Fruitcake explores he taboo of mental illness, examining the reality of mania and psychosis, and the way society defines and denigrates people by their disabilities. When Brian’s young daughter is attacked by a neighborhood dog while sledding, his scheme for revenge takes unexpected turns and results in disastrous consequences in The Chain.

Saturday, April 30th | 2pm – 4:30pm
The Women’s Conference of Trinity UCC Presents:
The Challenge of Sex Trafficking
More Harm Than Good | Director: Jonathan Klett
Katie | Director: Sara Farnsworth
Dreamcatchers | Director: Kim Longinotto

Trinity United Church of Christ – Sanctuary
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
The Women’s Conference of Trinity UCC, as one of their social justice out reach efforts, have focused on the issue of human trafficking, globally and locally. These films provide personal perspectives on issue of sex trafficking, and the panel that follows will provide context to the films, and actions that we can take to make positive change.

Alaskan lawmakers passed a law against sex trafficking, but who does it really affect? More Harm Than Good looks at how laws are passed that often have the opposite effect, hurting rather than helping, folks forced into sex work. Inspired by actual events, Katie is the story of an adolescent girl caught in the web of domestic sex trafficking. The feature documentary, Dreamcatcher, takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.

Saturday, April 30th | 5pm – 6:30pm
3rd Annual (In)Justice for All Film Festival
Award Ceremony

Trinity United Church of Christ: Sanctuary
400 W. 95th Street • Chicago
The (In)Justice For All Film Festival Award Ceremony will celebrate 10 days of meaningful film presentations and we will present our Justice Award winners – the top three films considering production quality, thematic relevance and justice impact – and festival awards for the top three short feature, animation or documentary, and the top three full length feature or documentary, as well as our People’s Choice Award. Don’t miss this exciting evening.

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