September 23, 2010 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public
Parking available at the Bryan Center Garage
Free Drinks and Popcorn
A RECEPTION AT 6:30 PM IN THE RARE BOOK ROOM LOBBY PRECEDES THE SCREENING
After Innocence (2005, 95 minutes) Content+Intent=Change Award, 2005 and Working Films Award, 2005: This gripping documentary tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated – innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. Included are a police officer, an army sergeant and a young father sent to prison and even death row for decades for crimes they did not commit. The men are thrust back into society with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars. While the public views exonerations as success stories – wrongs that have been righted – After Innocence shows that the human toll of wrongful imprisonment can last far longer than the sentences served.
The film raises basic questions about human rights and society’s moral obligation to the innocent and places a spotlight on the flaws in our criminal justice system that lead to wrongful conviction of the innocent.
2010-2011 Rights! Camera! Action! Human Rights Film Screening Series
This film series features documentaries about human rights themes that were award winners at the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Exploring issues as diverse as voting rights, the right to die, the death penalty and access to education, these exceptional works of art move us even as they pose tough questions about whose rights are protected and why. The films are archived at the Duke Library and are part of a rich and expanding collection of human rights materials. The film series is sponsored by the Archives for Human Rights, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).