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Film : JustUs: Living with a Criminal Record

This film won first place in the Champions of Justice Competition with ShortsTV over the topic of “Living with A Criminal Record” and it will be extended to a full-length documentary. Stay Tuned and follow @theccconsortium on social media.

The short film, JustUs: Living with a Criminal Record expands upon the difficulties faced in every day life after serving time behind bars. Created by filmmaker Mecca Amoni Michele Lewis and her partner Erin Gaddis, the film has quickly captivated audiences by snagging the win at the “Champions for Justice” short-film competition at the national NAACP convention that took place from July 22-26.

The three topics ranged from police violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, and living with a criminal record. JustUs is a raw story that portrays Akewi Barnes, a poet and yoga instructor forced to pick up the pieces after being arrested at 16 for attempted murder. The project features an original poem from Barnes, “Letter to My Younger Self.”

The Cultural Competency Consortium specializes in providing relevant educational resources and media for the purpose of promoting cultural competence in American institutions. The Consortium also produces special film and digital media projects on a range of educational topics, issues, and events.


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