Run Time: 75 minutes
In recent years the city of Cleveland has garnered a lot of national attention for its impressive revival, thanks to such events as the Republican National Convention and the Cavs winning the NBA Championship. While these accomplishments should certainly be acknowledged, there are still a number of serious issues affecting the city. For example, nearly one in three residents is living in poverty. And transgender women are often the target of hate crimes that go unnoticed. Another notable concern is the excessive use of force from Cleveland police officers. The U.S. Justice Department confirmed this to be the case after investigating the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. In DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND, Rice’s mother painfully recalls how Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty failed to fight for her son, instead trying to paint the family as opportunists. Regarding the verdict, one of the activists featured in this powerful film laments, “We needed a championship, but not an athletic one.” For those seeking justice, the city’s renaissance is bittersweet—its rebirth won’t be complete until everyone can reap the benefits. —E.F.
DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6:45 PM
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 11:20 AM
Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Cinque Northern, Gil Seltzer, Emir Lewis
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Catherine Gund was born in Geelong, Australia in 1965. She's a member of several boards, including The George Gund Foundation and Art Matters. She is also the founder of Third Wave Foundation, an organization that supports young women and transgender youth.
"Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance" (1998), "Making Grace" (2004)-28th CIFF, "What's on Your Plate?" (2009)-34th CIFF, "Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity" (2014)-38th CIFF, DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND (2017)