Screening of the Documentary Film, The Presumption of Guilt
Based on the best selling book by Charles Ogletree, directed by award-winning director Hafiz Farid. Thursday, August 18, 6 pm in the Meeting Room.
Q&A to follow with the director Hafiz Farid.
Notes from the publicist:
Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a renowned Harvard professor acclaimed for his work on racial justice, was arrested by a Cambridge police sergeant. The reasons for the arrest would come under scrutiny, raise questions about racial profiling, and set off a firestorm in the media, finally culminating in a much publicized “beer summit” where the policeman and the professor came face to face at the White House. Here, one of the country’s foremost experts on civil rights puts the now infamous event in the context of the complicated history that exists at the intersection of race, class, and crime in America.
From the book THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT: THE ARREST OF HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. AND RACE, CLASS AND CRIME IN AMERICA by Charles Ogletree
“In the documentary film, THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT, we aim to use the camera lens to highlight the complex issue of Race, Class and Crime in American society and to shine the light on that dreaded subject that we have failed to confront, but simply cannot ignore. Einstein once said that racism is America’s worst disease. We sincerely hope and pray that this book and film will be used as a tool to help find the cure. We must be honest enough to admit that racism is an adult disease and courageous enough to stop passing it on through our children." Hafiz Farid, Director