'Every Mother's Son' three-day community forum on police brutality
Dir. Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold (NR)
A Puerto Rican, a Jew, and a Guinean had little in common, except that each lost a son to police violence. Anthony Baez was tossing a football outside his house when a rogue cop felled him with a fatal stranglehold. Gary Busch, a 31-year-old Hassidic Jew, was praying when he was accosted and shot 12 times. Amadou Diallo was reaching for his wallet when a volley of 41 bullets ended his short life.
Told through the mothers' grief and anger, Every Mother's Son, a P.O.V. documentary, makes the connection between public policy and police abuse. Its implicit message is that former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani opened the door to a wider range of abuses at the hands of law enforcement by, among other things, jettisoning hard-won civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies.
The documentary takes on an added degree of urgency locally in the wake of a joint report released last January by the NAACP and LULAC that charged San Antonio with the second-highest rate nationally of police misconduct. — Alejandro Pérez and Steven G. Kellman
Iris Baez and director Tami Gold will attend a free reception following a 6:30pm screening on Thursday, July 29, and will participate in a panel discussion on police brutality following a 7pm screening of the film on Friday, July 30. The documentary will also screen at 10am Saturday, July 31, followed by a youth summit. All events take place at the Esperanza Center, 922 San Pedro. For more information, call 228-0201. Every Mother's Son will also air on KLRN Channel 9 and Cable Channel 10 at 10pm Tuesday, August 17.
Academy Shorts 2003
Ever zone out during the annual Oscars broadcast when the nominees for "Short Film" are announced? Why shouldn't you? You probably haven't had a chance to see any of the contenders.
Well, Texas Public Radio can't fix that, but it can address the problem after the fact with this collection of some of last year's winners and also-rans. Six shorts will be shown; the nominees are ...
Harvie Krumpet (22 min., Australia). Harvie Krumpet is an ordinary man whose lifelong string of bad luck is offset by occasional episodes of joy.
Nibbles (4.5 min., Canada). A father takes his sons fishing in the forests of Canada ... with a few stops along the way.
The Red Jacket (18 min., Germany). A jacket thrown in the trash by a grieving German father makes its way into the hands of a boy in war-torn Sarajevo.
Squash (27 min., France). Alexandre's boss belittles him as they play squash, and then challenges him to either win the game or lose his job.
Torsion (14.5 min., Slovenia). The members of a choir in Sarajevo are awaiting safe passage through a tunnel when a farmer begs them to help his injured cow.
La Milpa (27 min., USA). Student Academy Award winner — John DeFore
Academy Shorts screens August 3 as part of Texas Public Radio's "Cinema Tuesdays" series. This week, there will be two showtimes - 7:30pm and 7:50pm at the Bijou at Crossroads Theater. Admission $10 members / $12 non-members. 614-8977 or tpr.org for reservations.
Africa Screams (1949)
Dir. Charles T. Barton; writ. Earl Baldwin; feat. Bud Abbot, Lou Costello, Hillary Brooke (NR)
A comedy in which Buzz (Bud Abbot) convinces Diane Emerson (Hillary Brooke) that his buddy Stanley (Lou Costello) knows Africa, and Diane, a rather greedy pursuer of diamonds, forces them to take her on a route that doesn't exist. Later on in the film she'll want them both dead - especially after the two friends show how inept they can be. — Eric Bradshaw
Africa Screams screens at approximately 9pm Thursday, July 29 as part of the series "In the Public Domain," at the Slab, across the street from La Tuna, 100 Probandt. Admission is free. More information, call 212-9373.
On Thursday, June 29, KLRN and the UTSA Department of Criminal Justice will host a screening and panel discussion of prisoner reentry into society with segments from Manhood & Violence: Fatal Peril and Outside the Walls.
Nationally, more than 600,000 individuals will be released from state and federal prisons this year, a fourfold increase over the past two decades, triggering renewed attention to the issue of how people fare after they exit the prison gates. Many will have difficulty managing the most basic ingredients for successful reintegration: Reconnecting with jobs, housing, and their families, and accessing needed substance abuse and health care treatment. Appearing on the panel will be: Anthony Barber of theTexas Justice Network and NAACP; Manuel Castillo from San Anto Cultural Arts; Dr. Mike Gilbert, UTSA Department of Criminal Justice; Mike Lozito, Region IV Parole Office; and Priscilla Murguia of Woman At The Well House. — Lisa Sorg
The event will take place 7-9pm Thursday, July 29, at the Sam Riklin Auditorium at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Admission is free.