Documenting Justice film screening packs Bama Theatre

By:    Date: 04-24-2013

Approximately 1,000 members of the Tuscaloosa community turned out April 23 for the seventh annual Documenting Justice film screening.

This year’s screening featured seven original short documentaries by UA students (descriptions below),  and admission was free and open to the public.

Through Documenting Justice, a two-semester anthropological filmmaking course, students create short films focusing on issues of justice and injustice. Find out more about Documenting Justice here: documentingjustice.org/

This year’s films:

“A Settlement” by Ellie Campbell, Elizabeth Blair and Abbot Henderson – In 2003, Anniston, Alabama received a $700 million toxic waste settlement. Can money fix 40 years of contamination?

“Moving for Midtown” by Brass Bralley and Madalyn Vaughn – “Moving for Midtown” considers the impact large developments can have on local communities. Is there a difference between a house and a home?Doc Justice screening 2013

“The Straight and Narrow” by Heath Kinzer and Hunter Holt – A conservative Christian mother contemplates her beliefs and relationship with her son, months following his coming out.

“Today and Tomorrow” by Bre Swims and Okha Patel – In the context of a state that does not provide adequate sex education, what is a teen mother faced with on a daily basis?

“Hale County Gorilla” by Benjamin Voigt and Amy Reisch – A year after an unexpected visitor puts their home in the national spotlight, Hale County residents talk about life in small town Alabama.

“What it Means to Know” by Mary Scott Hodgin – Two years after taking a genetic test, four sisters reflect on the results.

“Reasonable Doubt” by Caitlin Trotter and ShaMyra Sylvester – In a justice system that presumes innocence and requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, can we ever really know the truth?