A Tribute to Jeff Adachi in Film 1959-2019 – Library to screen Public Defender’s films March 12 and 13 at Main Library

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; mindy.linetzky@sfpl.org

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A Tribute to Jeff Adachi in Film 1959-2019

Library to screen Public Defender’s films March 12 and 13 at Main Library

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– As San Francisco mourns the untimely death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the San Francisco Public Library announces the free screening of three films: Presumed Guilty, Defender  and America Needs a Racial Facial.

Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders chronicles a year of trench warfare in jails, holding cells, courtrooms, law offices and police stations, revealing the criminal justice system as never seen before.  Presumed Guilty is a powerful look at the triumphs, defeats and moral dilemmas of a group of lawyers in the San Francisco Public Defender’s office. It was directed by Pamela Yates and released in 2002 during Adachi’s first run for public defender.

Defender, co-directed by Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi, is a film about the critical role that public defenders play in fighting for racial and social justice in America.  The film takes viewers on a personal and intense tour through the underbelly of the criminal injustice system, seen through the eyes of Adachi, one of the nation’s few elected public defenders. Adachi tells the story of how public defenders came to be, and why they play a critical role as the watchdogs of a system that over-incarcerates people of color and poor people. (2017)

America Needs a Racial Facial is an 8-minute short film about race in America. Written and directed by Adachi, it provides a blur of fascinating images and video – historical and contemporary – depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country. Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to continuation of tension, unrest and anger among all Americans. (2016)

Adachi had a passion for filmmaking. In addition to the above films, he directed The Slanted Screen (2006) available free with a library card, You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (2009) and most recently, Ricochet (2018), a documentary about the Kate Steinle Trial. There will be a tribute to Jeff Adachi at the upcoming CAAMFest in May.

All programs at the San Francisco Public Library are free.

Presumed Guilty – Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Defender & America Needs a Racial Facial – Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

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