American Justice on Trial
The Black Panthers take center stage, and a group of men in Brazil try to process ongoing racism, in this program examining Black legacy, vulnerability, and history.
Fri, Apr 22 at 6 pm
Short Film 1: Men Who Talk
Short Film 2: For Love and Legacy
Mid-Length Film: American Justice on Trial
Men Who Talk
A group of Black men in Brasilia meet regularly to share their experiences and support one another.
(Cristin Stephens, Brazil/USA 2021,14 min)
For Love and Legacy
Artist Dana King reflects on the Black Panther Party’s legacy as she makes a sculpture of co-founder Huey Newton.
(A.K. Sandhu, USA 2022, 20 min)
Guests from American Justice on Trial and For Love and Legacy are expected to attend.
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American Justice on Trial
When Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton was arrested for the murder of an Oakland policeman in 1967, major news outlets covered the trial and social unrest ensued. From the jury composition to the criminal defense, racial issues were put front and center in what ultimately became a landmark murder case. Jury foreman David Harper gives rare insight into the jury’s deliberations and how the historic trial unfolded.
Andrew Abrahams has a BA in cultural anthrolopology from Northwestern University and an MA in visual anthropology from USC, where he also studied at the School of Cinema. The founder and president of Open Eye Pictures, he is a producer, cinematographer, and photographer, in addition to being a director. His films include his documentary short debut, Positive Motion (1991), winner of Best in Show at the Dance on Camera Festival; Bubbeh Lee and Me (1997), a doc short about Abrahams’ relationship with his grandmother that garnered a Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for Best Children’s Special; Under Our Skin (2008), which was shortlisted for the 2010 feature documentary Academy Award®; and Under Our Skin 2: Emergence (2014).
A long-time documentary editor, Herb Ferrette is a seven-time regional Emmy winner and 12-time nominee. Among his projects as editor are The Missile Merchants (1985), Who Bombed Judi Bari? (1991), The Fight in the Fields (1997), The War: Bay Area Stories (2008), and Shakti’s Retreat (2013). He has managed post-production and edited programs for Discovery Channel, MSNBC, national and local PBS, and others. American Justice on Trial is his directing debut.
Director Andrew Abrahams, Herb Ferrette
Executive Producer Peter Benvenutti
Producer Lise Pearlman, Andrew Abrahams
Editor Andrew Abrahams
Cinematographer Andrew Abrahams
Music John Lissauer
Print Source Open Eye Pictures
Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.
Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.