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Incarceration Social Justice Film




Every Wednesday night from 6 – 8:30 beginning September 13 and ending November 1.  8-week film series exploring the experiences of community members who are marginalized.  This series is free


Learn about the lives of people in our society who struggle with issues that keep them from the basic dignity all humans deserve.  In these films, there are problem solvers using new ways to tackle issues that have plagued humanity.  Are the ways we are addressing addiction, working poor, incarceration, mental health and more actually treating the problem, or masking the symptoms in our society?  The films will be followed by a period of presentation and Q&A provided by local service providers who are experts in the field.  They will share their insight into these issues and how our community is impacted by them.  We hope the films open up dialogue and interest in understanding new ways we can partner as a community to make our community society more compassionate and aware of those who are facing adversity.


We want people to become knowledgeable about the stress, duress, fear, and lack of safety that many people with ‘conditions’

face.  Come learn about 8 different groups of people who face real issues living in our society.  Once you become more aware of the issues these people face, you will reformulate your opinions about them, your sensitivity will increase, and you may even raise your hand in dissatisfaction with how they are treated in our society.  You may speak up on their behalf.  You may educate or correct others with malformed opinions.  You might step up and help.  THAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE.



September 13


In attendance: Catholic Charities of Oregon

Film – PAPERS: STORIES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH In attendance – Catholic charities of Oregon “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools every year without ‘Papers’.  “Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.  There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S.

and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.


September 20


In attendance: WITCO


If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you’re likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you’re not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled.

This is the story of one disabled man whose mission-and purpose- is to change all that forever. In Emmanuel’s Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel’s message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational.


September 27


In attendance – Lifeways


THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like




In attendance: Snake River Correctional Institute (SRCI)

Film Excerpt –  WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Michael Moore spent most of his career pointing out the often absurd moral inequities in American society, but now he has taken a different path. In this film, he travels around the world to point out various ideas that foreign countries have adopted that America should steal. That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell. The title comes from the notion that Moore is “invading” these foreign nations and “conquering” them in order to steal their “better ideas.” Moore educates and enlightens on Norway, about progressive prisons


Film: MAXIMUM CAPACITY, A LOOK AT HOW SHERIDAN PRISON IS REDUCING RECIDIVISM The number of inmates in American prisons is outpacing the system’s ability to hold them all. In one startling example, California prisons hold well over 50,000 more inmates than they’re designed for, even though the state has built a dozen new prisons in the last 15 years. One of the biggest reasons is rampant recidivism.


This week NOW goes inside an Illinois prison that may have the answer to California’s problems. With its innovative plan to keep released inmates from coming back, the Sheridan Correctional Center is trying to redefine “tough on crime” by being the largest fully dedicated drug prison in the country. The approach involves aggressive counseling, job training, and following the convicts after they get out.




In attendance: Lifeways

Film – UNLISTED, A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him.

Unlisted depicts Delaney’s journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Can she have a relationship with him that is not solely based on being his care provider, which was her role as a child. After 2 years of reconnecting, things suddenly change when Richard stops his medicine and disappears….and what starts as an emotional tale of reconciliation turns into a frantic race for survival.




Film: In The Life: LGBTQ Youth Experience Homelessness

In attendance: Jen Guess, Ph.D. – Oaktree Counseling & Wellness In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families. Kicked Out highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations such as The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The National Alliance Against Homelessness and regional agencies, including Sylvia’s Place, The Circus Project, and Family Builders. This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.





In Attendance – Community In Action


Director/Producer and creator of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau gives us “Homeless In America,” a documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. “Homeless In America” underlines the huge hidden problem of the homeless. “Homeless In America” as it is, real people, real lives.  A documentary about people who are homeless and those who help them. Don’t give the homeless a hand out; give them a hand up.




In Attendance – Department of Human Services (DHS) Film – WAGING A LIVING The term “working poor” should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans – one in four workers

– are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. Waging Living chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast and California, this observational documentary captures the dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments of a diverse group of people who struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. By presenting an unvarnished look at the barriers that these workers must overcome to lift their families out of poverty, Waging a Living offers a sobering view of the elusive American Dream.

Generous Support of this project comes from:

Four Rivers Cultural Center

Four Rivers Cultural Center