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We Are Witnesses: Chicago

An immersive short film series exploring the nature of crime, punishment and forgiveness through portraits of Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system.
09.12.2019 6:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State Street Chicago, IL 60605

The Marshall Project and WBEZ present the launch of We Are Witnesses: Chicago, an immersive short video series exploring the nature of crime, punishment and forgiveness through portraits of Chicagoans from all walks of life who have been touched by the criminal justice system.

A selection of films from the new series will be shown, followed by a panel discussion with the Witnesses moderated by Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project. The panelists include:

Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton
Carrie Steiner
Xavier McElrath-Bey
Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia

“In creating We Are Witnesses, I wanted to expose the profound injustices and inefficiencies in our system of crime and punishment. As the witnesses reveal themselves, the films become more a celebration of the strength of everyday men and women,” said Neil Barsky, founder of The Marshall Project and creator of We Are Witnesses. “My hope is that We Are Witnesses will make us reexamine the toll of mass incarceration, while also honoring how those who encounter the system retain their dignity.”

Additional media sponsors: The Chicago Reader and Univision Chicago

We Are Witnesses: Chicago is produced by The Marshall Project in partnership with Kartemquin Films and Illinois Humanities. Directed by Maggie Bowman and Stacy Robinson.