Unbecoming: Screening & Discussion
This event will feature a screening of the short film Unbecoming written by six men formerly incarcerated at the Otisville Correctional Facility in New York and produced by students from the High School of Art and Design in New York City. A panel discussion with Vee Bravo (of the Tribeca Film Institute) and the film’s writers, including Alejo Rodriguez, who’s article will appear in the forthcoming publication of CUNY Law Review’s Footnote Forum, will follow. Professor Steve Zeidman (Director, Criminal Defense Clinic) will moderate.
Unbecoming is a short fictional narrative about the tension between police power and community activism played out in an intrafamily conflict. The film highlights the ethical questions prosecutors face and the impact that their decisions have on the lives of those accused. After the film, panelists will speak about their experiences with incarceration, their perspectives on the failings of the criminal justice system, and the difficulty of reentry post-incarceration. Panelists will also answer questions from the audience.
The event will be hosted by the Formerly Incarcerated Law Student Advocacy Association, a prison abolitionist student group advocating for more resources and support for formerly incarcerated individuals considering law school. Cosponsoring student organizations include the Irish Law Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Mississippi Workers’ Project, the Black Law Students Association, the Latin American Law Students’ Association, CUNY-NLG, OUTLaws, CUNY American Constitution Society, and CUNY Law Review.
Please join us on November 27 at CUNY School of Law in Long Island City from 6-8 PM in the Auditorium for this event. Food and refreshments will be served.
November 27, 2018
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square
Long Island City, Queens