We Tell: States of Violence
Debates and politics surrounding the American criminal justice system are extremely complex, involving stories of evidence, interpretation, policies, and laws that can center around just one case. States of Violence approaches this urgent topic from those directly affected by crime, incarceration, police, and war. From the 1970s to the present day, this program demonstrates how participatory community media has produced scalable documentaries in the name of creating an engaging communal discourse for better sociocultural understandings as well as tangible progressions toward political change.
Film Program (full details available here)
Ain’t Nobody’s Business (New Orleans Video Access Center, 1978, 22 min.)
Inside Women Inside (Third World Newsreel, 1978, 21 min.)
Just Say No: The Gulf Crisis TV Project #55 (Paper Tiger Television, 1990, 28 min.)
Books Through Bars (Scribe Video Center, 1997, 15 min.)
Military Option (Third World Newsreel, 2005, 11 min.)
M4BL: Ceremony (Movement for Black Lives, 2016, 5 min.)
A Cop Watcher’s Story: El Grito de Sunset Park Attempts to Deter Police Brutality (Copwatch Brooklyn, 2017, 6 min.)
Presented by the Film Studies Center and Arts + Public Life.