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Film Festival Explores Economic Justice Issues

Award-winning documentaries shed light on the weighty issues in economic justice and our legal system. Watch the films and join the conversation.
Arts & Culture  |  Sep 11, 2013  |  By UNLV News Center
The short films "We're Not Broke," "Shift Change" and "Made in L.A." will be screened during the Boyd School of Law's Public Interest Law Film Festival.
Editor's Note: 

The Boyd School of Law's Public Interest Law Film Festival will be held Sept. 19-20 at the Barrick Museum. It is free and open to the public. This overview is by law professor Elizabeth MacDowell, who will lead one of the festival's discussion sessions.

Most people do not equate law with art -- or inspiration. The Boyd Public Interest Law Film Festival, now in its third year, sets out to change all that.

The festival celebrates connections between art, culture, politics, law, and social justice through documentary films, speaker panels, and lively question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, policymakers, and community leaders.

This year's festival, titled "Economic InJustice: Global, National & Local Challenges & Opportunities," explores what economic justice and revitalization might look like as we approach the fifth anniversary of the "Great Recession" and the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. The festival features:

  • Local filmmakers, including Freeman White III of Freemont East Studios and William J. Swaney of V3 Arts, who will screen short films documenting the developing downtown scene
  • Award-winning documentary filmmaker Melissa Young, talking about her newest film, Shift Change
  • Presentation of the inaugural Humanitarian Award, which will be awarded to Las Vegas civil rights icon Ruby Duncan

The festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 19, with an evening of short films followed by a roundtable discussion on the role of filmmaking in documenting -- and even building -- community in times of change.

On Friday, Sept. 20, the festival will screen three award-winning films at Boyd School of Law:

Boyd will also host a panel on Friday in connection with the festival, "Organizing for Economic Justice," featuring activists and organizers from Culinary Union Local 226, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, and organizations in California and New York, who will talk about opportunities and challenges for achieving economic justice for all.

For a complete schedule and to RSVP, visit the festival website.