Writ Writer portrays the historic conflict that emerged in the 1960s when Texas prisoners petitioned the courts for relief from inhumane prison conditions. Focusing on the story of self-taught jailhouse lawyer Fred Arispe Cruz, the film uncovers his legal battle, his collaboration with poverty law attorney Frances Jalet, and his successful litigation for the right of Texas prisoners to assist one another with lawsuits. His litigation paved the legal path for Ruiz v Estelle, the most comprehensive court-ordered state prison reform litigation in U.S. history.
Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:30 PM Reception | 7:00 – 8:00 PM Film Screening 8:00 – 9:00 PM Community Discussion
“Paths of the Displaced tells three kinds of stories: the first are the stories of five Sudanese teenage refugees and the tremendous hardships they endured to survive war and genocide and escape to the U.S. The second are their stories of survival and adaptation…in Lincoln [Nebraska]. The third is the storyteller’s tale, about [Natalia] Ledford herself, an Anglo-American woman and high school senior at the time the film began, who decided that the stories of her classmates were important enough that the world should know them. Each of these stories is compelling on its own; together they form an irresistible tapestry.” ~ Hanna Day Woodruff, starcityblog.com
Thursday, October 27, 2011 6:30 PM Reception | 7:00 – 8:00 PM Film Screening 8:00 – 9:00 PM Community Discussion
Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice chronicles the life of a man who gave Ronald Reagan fits by fighting for immigrants’ rights, and helped Cesar Chavez improve the lives of millions of farm workers. It will engage students and inspire thought and discussion in a wide range of courses in ethnic and Latino studies, American studies and history, sociology, law and jurisprudence, public policy, and contemporary social problems. It was produced by award-winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and narrated by noted actor and writer Luis Valdez.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:30 PM Reception | 7:00 – 8:00 PM Film Screening
8:00 – 9:00 PM Community Discussion