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Prison life, then Native American films on March 24 at 9am on Peace & Justice

Written by on Saturday, March 20, 2021

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This Wednesday, March 24 at 9am, we talked to Rob Giacchina, a friend of Bob’s who spent ten years in federal prisons in Virginia and Pennsylvania. He came out of prison with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. We’ll learn about prison life and talk about some reforms we should make to our criminal justice system.

Then we were joined by Dan Boxser, founder of the Boxser Diversity Initiative and by  Paul and Petra Ratner from the Sarasota Film Festival. We talked about this week’s FREE Native American Film Festival. It runs from March 19 through March 28. There are twenty films. We also talked about the regular annual Sarasota Film Festival which will be held from April 30 through May 9.

Watch the twenty Native American films HERE.

From the website:

The mission of the event is to present cinematic works related to the experience of indigenous people in the Americas. The festival is produced by the Sarasota Film Festival and the Boxser Diversity Initiative, in collaboration with the Native Reel Cinema Festival, the Stranahan House Museum, and the Ah-Tah-Thi- Ki Museum of Seminole Culture and History. The event is free and open to the public to watch.
Showcasing a diverse program of over 20 films, live Q&As and panels, the Sarasota Native American Film Festival will feature the World Premiere of the feature documentary Finding Angola: Manatee’s County First Black Community,” directed by Charles Clapsaddle and a retrospective of films from the First Nations Mi’kmaq filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin, including the World Premiere of her new documentary The Basket Maker.” Among other programming highlights are films by the noted Seminole/Muskogee director Sterlin Harjo, short films by emerging indigenous filmmakers, and music videos. The festival will also showcase Smoke Signals,” the seminal 1998 road-trip dramedy directed by Chris Eyre, as well as Songs My Brother Taught Me,” the debut feature from the celebrated, Academy Award-nominated director Chloe Zhao.
There are additional live and recorded events.