Date & Time:
Wed June 17, 2020
The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Online, Free, & Open to the public
In partnership with the TREE lab in Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy, the Block Museum presents a special online screening of three documentaries produced by students of the Young People’s Race, Power, and Technology (YPRPT) project. YPRPT is an afterschool program, developed in partnership with community partners including Evanston Township High School, Family Matters, Endangered Peace, and the Lucy Parsons Labs, that brings together NU undergraduate students with youth and community members to jointly investigate the ethical and social dimensions of specific law enforcement technologies such as facial recognition and gang databases.
The screening will be introduced by the Block's associate film programmer Malia Haines-Stewart and professor Sepehr Vakil (Northwestern University) and then followed by a live panel discussion between the YPRPT student filmmakers and mentors. The conversation will be moderated by Jessica Marshall (PhD student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy).
Filmmakers: David Lewis, Jessica Rodriguez, Izadorius Tortuga
The documentary depicts how the gang database targets black and brown young men by labeling them as gang members in a database, which they can never get out of. This label causes irreparable damage to black and brown communities since being in the gang database can lead to eviction, not finding employment, and loss of scholarships. Because the police department does not notify individuals upon their placement into the database, this documentary also explores the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as a means of self-empowerment. We hope that this film causes awareness of a detrimental tool used against black and brown communities.
Filmmakers: Yuzuka Komiyama-Kasai, Gregory Voelkel
In the last 25 years, Facial Recognition Technology transformed from a sci-fi movie gimmick to a go-to instrument used by police, governments and corporations alike. Now, Facial Recognition is present in our everyday lives; yet the technology is flawed, posing an immediate threat to marginalized communities and, on a broader scale, our collective civil liberties. Racial Recognition hopes to raise awareness and promote change within the world of Facial Recognition.
Filmmakers: Eliana Chandra, Jazminé Morrow
The topic of immigration has become more prevalent over the past few years. It is crucial to understand the role of ICE. They use technology such as social media to aid in their efforts of deportation and family separation. On the flip side, communities have taken up their own defenses and use technology to protect themselves from ICE. Melting Ice serves to expose ICE’s practices while uplifting and informing communities.
THE INTRODUCTION, FILMS, AND Q&A ARE AVAILABLE TO WATCH HERE: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7260847
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE STABLE VIMEO LINK HAS OPTIONAL CAPTIONS.
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