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February 13, 2007

Feb. 16-17: Civil Liberties in a Time of Crisis Film Festival

  Civil Liberties in a Time of Crisis
    Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17

From World War II, the cold war, and the civil rights movement to Iraq, constitutional liberties are always most at risk during times of national crisis.

This two-day film festival features independent documentaries introduced by local civil rights attorneys, the filmmakers, or the subjects themselves.
All showings in Room 175, Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street in Eugene. Sliding scale $2 to $5 per film.
Sponsored by local chapters of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, American Constitution Society, and the National Lawyers Guild.

Friday, February 16

6:00  p.m. We Interrupt This Empire

Collaborative work by San Francisco Bay Area independent video activists, documenting the shutdown of the San Francisco financial district following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

7:25 p.m. The Torture Question

Frontline documentary about Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

9:20 p.m. Mumia: A Case for Reasonable Doubt

Convicted in 1981 of killing a white Philadelphia police officer, Mumia Abu-Jamal was imprisoned in 1981. His conviction contains irregularities in both the evidence and the conduct of his trial.

10:50 p.m. Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey

The challenges confronted by the first black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of JFK’s Justice Department. How a black man in authority experienced the white world of the American legal system.

Saturday, February 17

10:00 a.m. This Is My Home 

Documentary about former New Orleans residents who remain dispersed 16 months after Hurricane Katrina.

11:00 a.m.  Doing Justice: The Life and Trials of Arthur Kinoy  Award-winning documentary about a National Lawyers Guild attorney who represented the Rosenbergs and continued to take on controversial civil rights cases through the Watergate era.

12:15 p.m.  Norfolk Four

Four veterans of the U.S. Navy were convicted of crimes they did not commit. This film is a review of the case by leading experts in the fields of pathology, DNA analysis, crime reconstruction, and confessions.

1:00 Civil Liberties Since 9/11 

Informative and shocking panel discussion with Lynne Stewart, Clark Kissinger, Len Weinglass, Michael Ratner, Abdeen Jabara, chaired by Michael Smith.

2:50 p.m. Forest For the Trees 

Inside look at a team of young activists and old lefties battling the U.S. government in Judi Bari vs. the FBI. Bari was an Earth First! leader severely injured when her car was bombed, and she was arrested as a terrorist — charges later dropped. Suspecting a ploy by the FBI to discredit her and Earth First!, Judi sued and won!

4:20 p.m. Juvies

Compelling documentary about 12 juveniles tried as adults. Includes commentary from academics, doctors, a former D.A., and others who discuss the trend in recent years across the United States to try juveniles as adults.

5:50  p.m.— Education of Shelby Knox 

A 15-year-old girl’s transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.

7:30 p.m. — Fighting for Justice: The Coram Nobis Cases  Documentary about Japanese- Americans who made the choice to get arrested instead of go to the internment camps and were prosecuted. Gayle Yamada, the filmmaker, will introduce the film.

8:25 p.m.- Blacklist: Recovering the Life of Canada Lee

The life of African American actor Canada Lee, who was persecuted for his interracial marriage and blacklisted for refusing to cooperate with the McCarthy commission. Kenny Kilfara, the filmmaker, will introduce the film.

9:30 p.m.  Legacy of Torture: The War Against The Black Liberation Movement

Former Black Panther Party members face government harassment. Co-producer Claude Marks will introduce the film.

10:35 p.m. — Hearne, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War 

The story of a community engaged in a struggle to clear the names of those swept up in a corrupt drug raid; produced in association with the ACLU of Texas.

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