WHERE IS HOPE; The Art of Murder’s Open Forums with Film Screenings
Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder, an online film, chronicles disabled victims murdered by police as well as the activists/artists who have fought and are fighting against police brutality against people with disabilities. Many have lost disabled love ones and friends from police injustice. The online film is Produced by Emmitt Thrower and co-Produce by Leroy F Moore Jr. The film also highlights the companion CD, Broken Bodies, PBP, Police Brutality Profiling Mixtape project by Krip-Hop Nation founder, Leroy Moore out of Berkeley, CA and and 5Th Battalion founder, DJ Quad out of LA.. Two main stories of police brutality emerges in the film, that resulted in the victim’s loved ones becoming disabled as a result of the tragedy in addition to their personal loss. The work of many disabled activists and artists/activists like Leroy Moore, Keith Jones , Mesha Irizarry, Lisa “Tiny” Gray- Garcia, Lethea Warren and more are explored around this issue, especially involving disabled people of color.
Every day there is a new horror story that unfolds some place in this country involving a person with a disability and police. Little is being done to change the situation. Incidents of police abusing or killing of a person with a disability or an unarmed person is on the rise. When will it end? We need our community to take action to bring resolution to these tragedies. It is estimated that over 50 percent of the victims of police brutality and police killings nationally have a disability that contributed to the incident. Disability is glazed over or not recorded in the official police reports. Nor is the fact adequately represented in the media and even in popular movement around this issue of police brutality in general. It informs us that for them, disability doesn’t matter. But clearly disability does matter, and our documentary project will make that statement loud and clear.
This film is not meant for a Saturday night at the movies enjoying popcorn with butter. It is meant for community centers, at home gatherings and other venues where communities can have discussions with activists, journalists, family, educators and others, with or without police, policymakers and so on. The “Hope” is that this live and online screening of the film nationally will help initiate dialogue between Law Enforcement and the Community of people with Disabilities as well as help us organize around this issue. We are currently organizing events and community forums around the online film and subject matter. You can do the same. We are looking to facilitate possible changes to this national problem.
Emmitt H Thrower, a retired NY City cop turned artist/filmmaker, Leroy Moore, founder Krip Hop Nation, Mesha, La Mesha Irizarry, founder of the Idriss Steeley Foundation and Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of Poor Magazine envision the film as a tool to facilitate forums with discussions around this topic. This includes the showing of this film in the Bay Area, New York and elsewhere nationally.
These open forums will start on both sides of the Bay during the week of October 19th. Below are dates, times and venues.
Modern Times Date Oct 25th Time 3-5pm
2919 24th st, san francisco, ca 94110
Oakstop Date Oct 19th 7:30pm evening
1721 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612
Berkeley Copwatch Date TBA Somewhere in Berkeley, CA
EastSide Cultural Center Datte October 24th Time 2-4pm
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606