"Broken on All Sides": Film Screening and Discussion about the US Prison System"Broken on All Sides": Film Screening and Discussion about the US Prison Systemhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/236811Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2013-04-14T13:00:002013-04-14T16:00:00
April 14,2013 1:00PM–4:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Film screening followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Matt Pillischer
'Broken on All Sides' explores many angles of the overcrowded prison system.
Rooted in many of the themes of Michelle Alexander's new book, that prisons have become, on many levels, the "New Jim Crow", this documentary looks at the connections between the criminal justice system, race, and poverty. Through a series of interviews with representatives and individuals and many sides of the criminal justice system, the film explores a diversity of themes from the emerging caste system in prisons to War on Drugs and the subsequent ballooning prison population to police discretion. While the film raised many questions about the criminal justice system, it also suggests solutions for stopping mass incarceration.
Matthew Pillischer graduated from Bennington College with a degree in film-making and from Temple School of Law with a Law Degree. He has been an activist through and after school, advocating for prisoner's rights and social justice. Among his many efforts toward promoting social justice, he worked on a lawsuit against the Philadelphia prison system for overcrowding and spoke with inmates experiencing the criminal justice system.
A Haverford House project sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and the Black Student's League.
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