Juno Films is pleased to announce its collection of Human Rights documentaries, from transgender people in prisons, to a short film on the homeless of NYC, to the legacy of war on women in Central Africa at the hands of Congolese mercenaries.
Where Justice Ends is at the intersection of two important and timely topics of social justice — conditions within the U.S. prison system and the injustices that befall transgender people encountering the law. The staggering conditions at the center of this film are largely invisible, but perhaps nowhere else do the inequities of our criminal incarceration fall more heavily than the on the transgender community.
Where Justice Ends looks into why so many transgender people encounter the police, how those encounters often lead to discriminatory treatment, and the inhumane conditions that transgender people all too frequently experience. The film examines how high unemployment of transgender people, family rejection and homelessness contribute to staggering rates of incarceration. One of every 6 transgender persons is likely to be incarcerated at some point in their lives, and nearly one of every two black transgender people will be similarly incarcerated.
In the late 1980s, one transgender woman refused to endure continual abuse, assault and rape in prison. As explored by Where Justice Ends, her struggle led to the most significant ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, requiring humane treatment of all prisoners. As the film reveals, little has improved in the almost-intervening years up to today.
Told through the words of transgender inmates and experts, Where Justice Ends casts a light on one of the most hidden social injustices in our country. Narrated by the Tony award-winning stage, screen and tv actor Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Subjects: Gender Studies, Prison Studies, Law and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Human Rights/Social Justice, LGBTQ Studies, Social Work, Counseling, Education, Public Policy
Directors: George Zuber and Andres Rodriguez
Length: 56 mins.
Seven homeless people share their views on life, art and beauty, as well as their fears and dreams, at a New York City soup kitchen. We are reminded that all people, regardless of how poor or mentally ill, have humanity, and it is this humanity that allows one to see the poetry that surrounds us all, despite the desperation of one's own circumstance.
Subjects: Social Work, Public Policy, Mental Illness, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Justice
Directors: Jedd & Todd Wider
Director of Photography: Gerardo Puglia
Length: 21 mins.
It all started with a small school exercise book. But instead of being full of vocabulary, the pages were checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them between October 2002 and March 2003 in the wake of armed conflict. On their own initiative, they gathered together their testimonies in this book to record the crimes committed against them.
As a result of rape, Amzine, a young Muslim woman, gave birth to a child. Looking at her now 12-year-old daughter Fane is a daily reminder of the suffering she entrusted to this book. Arlette, a Christian girl, has agonized for years due to a gunshot to the knee that did not want to heal. After a successful surgery in Berlin, she holds on to hope for a pain-free existence.
Cahier Africain is a long-term observation that begins accompanying its protagonists in the village of PK 12 in 2008. But while they try to master their difficult daily lives with confidence – and while, in The Hague, the legal prosecution of crimes committed during the last war is still in progress – the next war breaks out in the Central African Republic. Amzine, Fane and Arlette must once again face a maelstrom of violence, death and expulsion. At their side, the film bears witness to the collapse of order and civilization in a country torn apart by civil war and coup d’états.
Subjects: Africana and African Studies, Women's Studies, Human Rights/Social Justice, Area Studies, International Affairs, Public Policy, Social Work, Peace/Conflict Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Counseling
Director/Writer: Heidi Specogna
Length: 119 mins.
Language:French/Arabic/Sango with English, French and German subtitles