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By Design: A Film Series with RAPP and the Center for Constitutional Rights

September 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) on September 15, 2022, for the final event of our Freedom Flicks Film Series “By Design.”

You’re invited to an evening reception and screening of The Interview, followed by a discussion with the film’s protagonists, as well as community activists and organizers. The event will then open up into a community discussion inviting the audience to join the growing movement to end the harms of the criminal legal system and to imagine a future of justice and healing.

Register now to secure your spot!

On black background in with a red paint stoke reads ”Freedom Flicks” below in a larger red paint stroke reads “BY DESIGN: A FiLM SERIES”. Below are photos of four individuals from the Film The interview. Below the row of photos is text. In white and red the text to the right reads “Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and RAPP’s People’s Campaign for Parole Justice for the screening of The Interview and a community discussion with formerly incarcerated people,
activists, and organizers. ASL Available”. Below in a red rectangle reads “SEPT 15 | 6-9 PM”. Below in Red text reads “The Peoples Forum” below in white text reads “320 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018” to the left in white and red text reads “Talk-back Featuring: Mark Shervington Director of Community Engagement | Parole Preparation Project Tracey Bowe The Interview | Protagonist Anthony Dixon Statewide Advocacy Associate | Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign Moderated by Elsa Maria Mota Bertha Justice Fellow | Center for Consitutional Rights” Below is the logo for RAPP’s People’s Campaign for Parole Justice. Below is text italcized an underlined in red that reads “Proof of vaccination and masks are
both required for attendance.”

In Jon Miller and Zach Russo’s “The Interview,” formerly incarcerated people describe what it’s like to attempt to convince a group of strangers that they are more than the worst thing they ever did. The filmmakers give us a glimpse into the struggles of those battling the New York parole commission. 

Following the screening, the panel will dive into a discussion with the protagonists, Tracey Bowe, Anthony Dixon, and Mark Shervington, and attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights on the continued fight to dismantle the criminal legal system and in particular, the parole system in New York State.

Talk-back Featuring:
Anthony DixonDirector of Community Engagement, Parole Preparation Project
Mark ShervingtonStatewide Advocacy Associate, Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign
Tracey BoweThe Interview, Protagonist

Moderated by Elsa Maria MotaBertha Justice Fellow, Center for Constitutional Rights

*For the promotion of safety for our community and staff, we ask that all attendees provide proof of vaccination and wear masks throughout the evening.

** ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.

For those who are unable to join us in person, you can still be a part of the conversation. The film is available for viewing online and a recording of the talk-back will be made available on CCR and RAPP social channels. English and Spanish transcription will be provided for the recording of the panel.


By Design | Freedom Flicks Spring/Summer 2022 Season 

The Center for Constitutional Rights is proud to present By Design, our Spring/Summer 2022 Freedom Flicks Film Series. This season tells a story of a carceral society and a criminal legal system that is cruel, unjust, and racist, by design. With films exploring the harsh realities of immigration detention and the racist legacy of Jim Crow, audiences will be invited to consider the shared roots of these systems of confinement and social control. Join us for evenings of storytelling by those most impacted by these systems, and for discussions featuring filmmakers, activists, and members of the Center for Constitutional Rights staff. Our hope is that in recognizing these oppressive systems as not broken but rather designed to dehumanize, criminalize, and exclude marginalized communities, we will demand an end to these systems and collectively commit to building life-giving institutions of safety for all.

At the Center for Constitutional Rights, we believe in the transformative power of art and culture. Freedom Flicks, our long-running film series, harnesses the power of film to educate, activate, and build community. Freedom Flicks engages audiences across disciplines in stories of struggle and courage that shape our world, past, and present. Our programming includes screenings of cutting-edge, socially engaged films followed by a short conversation with storytellers, lawyers, and activists. Join us.


September 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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