with filmmaker Steve James and guest speaker Bernardine Dorhn
Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 7:00pm
In 1995, director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier. During the making of the documentary, Stevie was arrested and charged with a serious crime that greatly affected his family. The film becomes an intimate four and half year chronicle of Stevie, his broken family, the plight of the rural poor, the criminal justice system and the filmmaker himself, as they all struggle with what Stevie has done and who he has become. (2003, 140 minutes) Guest Speaker Bernardine Dorhn is Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and Director of Northwestern's Children and Family Justice Center. The films in the Human Rights at Home series address pressing issues in Chicago and the Greater Midwest such as police brutality, and problems facing union workers, the urban and rural poor. The series demonstrates the importance of framing such problems in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that violations do not only occur outside the United States.
The series is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.