*The Defender

Film Screening and Talk Back with Jeff Adachi and the Press
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This insightful documentary focuses on San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi as he and his team take on the high-profile case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, after he is charged with nine counts of resisting arrest. Pulled off a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train along with his girlfriend, Smith is wrestled to the ground, the arrest captured on the attending officers’ body cameras.

Adachi employs the images from the cameras to advance the case that Smith’s arrest and the rough treatment he received on the BART platform were racially motivated. Moreover, he avers in the documentary, his client’s odyssey in the criminal justice system was evidence of black-crime bias in ostensibly liberal San Francisco.

A Q&A session follows the film screening with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff AdachiProfessor James Lance Taylor of the African American Studies Program at the University of San Francisco.

Film Trailer: http://defenderfilm.com
Runtime: 70 minutes

Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian American Media, African American Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, and the College of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University.

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

These cultural events are free and open to the public.

This is a Politics & Current Affairs program. The views and opinions expressed in programs presented by groups unaffiliated with SFPL do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SFPL or the City.

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