Wednesday, July 20, 2011



Sunday July 24th. 3-6pm
3rd Annual RDACBX Film Festival Premiere
Short Films Day: 100% Produced by NYC Youth

Breaking The Pipeline: YMPJ and Global Action Project
Global Action Project in partnership with Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice proudly present:


A 14 min youth-produced short film that calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the unjust zero tolerance policies and over-policing that students face in New York City public schools.
Produced by the youth organizers of YMPJ's PEERS campaign between October 2009 and March 2010 through GAP's Community Media in Action Program.

From NY to Detroit: 2010 US Social Forum: RDACBX (Directed by Intikana)

On June 20-27, 2010, RDAC BX and Da Urban Butterflies traveled out to Detroit for the 2010 US Social Forum. With 2 vans packed with a full sound system and 20 dedicated artists, educators, and activists, this 26 minute Short Documentary entitled "FROM NY TO DETROIT: 2010 US Social Forum" chronicles a week long of unforgettable experiences that not only changed their lives but also bonded them together in a way that they didn't expect. From 8 performances in 6 days, painting a free mural in SW Detroit, conducting internationally televised interviews, to powerful protests and heated encounters with police/security, two organizations seeking social justice find refuge in not only affecting each other, but an entire community.

Know Your Rights: How to deal with police Confrontations - By Students from Satellite Academy High school (Film Production Workshops Facilitated by Dennis Flores of Educational Video Center)
here is a trailer and description of my students film

In the Spring 20011, through a program offered by Educational Video Center and facilitated by teaching artist and documentary filmmaker Dennis Flores, students at Satellite Academy High School produced a short documentary entitled “Know Your Rights: How to Deal With police confrontations.” Satellite Academy High School is an alternative public high school and the last educational opportunity for many at risk adolescent youth in New York City. Under the guidance of their instructor, students collectively decide on the theme of the documentary, the script, the scenes to film, and who to interview. In the first part of the documentary, youth decided to interview diverse people on the streets of New York City to engage their experiences with police and law enforcement in general. Through their poignant questions and interactions, we learn that current policing tactics, namely NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” are disproportionately affecting communities of color; whereby 80% of those stopped and frisked are African American or Latino/a. In the last part, youth address the legal rights and recourse people have when confronted by the police.


Panel Discussion will follow the films with the young directors and producers.

Monday July 25th. 7-9pm
Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela, Directed by Pablo Navarette

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela (Director Pablo Navarrete, 65mins, Alborada Films, 2009) February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in the country, Chavez's policies and his strongly-worded criticisms of the U.S. government have also made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad, especially in the media. Filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Chavez's controversial presidency, this feature-length documentary takes a journey into the heart of Venezuela's revolution to listen to the voices of the people driving the process forward. The film traces the recent history of Venezuela, before and after the election of Hugo Chavez to the presidency, using archive material and interviews with Venezuelans living in the barrios of Caracas who are involved in community and social movements. The achievements and challenges facing the Bolivarian process are put into context by means of interviews with leading Venezuelan social scientists Edgardo Lander, Javier Biardeau and the Canadian economist Michael Lebowitz, who currently lives in Venezuela. "This is a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people." - JOHN PILGER (Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker)
Film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Tuesday July 26th. 7-9pm
Inventos:Hip Hop Cubano Directed by Eli Jacobs- Fantauzzi

Cuban Hip Hop provides a unique insight into the realities and politics of contemporary Cuba. Experience this as Inventos follows some of the pioneers of this musical movement to their homes, the stage and as they travel abroad for the first time. Inventos embodies the true spirit of Hip Hop, which is to build something that is powerful and useful out of what is seemingly impossible.
Film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Wednesday July 27th. 7-9pm

Justifiable Homicide is a feature documentary based on the brutal murder of two Puerto Rican young men Antonio Rosario and Hilton Vega who were shot by two NYPD detectives in the Bronx in early 1995. One of the detectives was Mayer Giuliani's former body guard. The story follows Margarita Rosario, as she transforms from a mourning mother and Aunt to a powerful community activist, questioning the police officers' actions and raising the possibility of a cover-up.
A police inquiry affirmed the detectives' claims: that Rosario and Vega and third accomplice Freddie Bonilla (who survived the shooting) were shot while perpetrating an armed robbery. According to the report, the detectives opened fire in self-defense after the alleged robbers instigated a shoot-out. As far as the NYPD was concerned, the incident was over. Case closed, justifiable homicide.
Margarita Rosario, doubting the police version and realizing that one of the detectives who shot her son served as Mayor Giuliani's body guard in 1993, seeks help from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), and independent city agency whose responsibility is to serve as watchdog over the NYPD. After a lengthy invesstigation, the CCRB report affirmed that the two detectives used excessive and unnecessary force. The City's response? The CCRB director along with the lead investigators are forced to resign.
An independent Pathologist hired by the Margarita Rosaio also counters the police version, demonstrating that all the shots struck the victims in their backs as they lay prone on the floor and not from the front as th City Medical Examiner's and the police had claimed.
With a legal system unwilling to address these profound inaccuracies, Margarita takes her anger to the streets, organizing protests and rallies. She soon realizes that there are many others who have lost family members to police action. Margarita responds by organizing Parents Against Police Brutality, to unify their struggle against a that sems to be stacked against them.
Margarita's words still echo loud, "I can not bring my son back but I can work to prevent other parents from suffering a similar loss".
Panel discussion will follow.

Thursday July 28th.7-9pm
Take Flight!- Footworkingz Movie.
Executive Producer: Leida "Lady Sol" Villegas
Directed by Brazilionaire
Brazilionaire Entertainment / SIQNEZ STUDIOS

The Chicago FootworKINGz (FWK) is an all-star dance ensemble featuring the best of Chi-Towns footwork battle champs including members from local crews Creation and Heat Squad.
FWK was founded in 2007 by Leida Lady Sol Villegas as a professional dance company and website seeking to attract global recognition to footworkin, a unique, Chicago born dance style. Footworkin evolved in the Black community as a response to House and Juke music (a sound developed from House music sped up to 160bpm). This movement has been around for over 20 years and we want it to be exposed in the mainstream and all over the world, says King Charles, co-artistic director of the FootworKINGz.
Members of FWK have been featured on Ellens Really Big Show for TBS, VH-1 Hip Hop Honors 07 Honoring Missy Elliott, WGCI and Power 92 radio, Chicago Tribune, WGN Morning News, Rolling Stone Magazines 2007 Hot Issue, Verizon Wireless Do The Juke phone commercial, Dude En Ems Watch My Feet music video and MTVs My Block Chicago.
One of our biggest goals is to help produce and release a documentary film about footworkin with special attention to the stories behind the youths who live for this movement, states Ms. Villegas, manager of the FootworKINGz.
FWK has been featured on many stages including the opening ceremony for the 2007 World Boxing Championships in the presence of Muhammad Ali, the 2007 San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival, Best of Dance Chicago 2007, the Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas with Ellen Degeneres, opening for Chris Brown at the UIC Pavilion, WGCIs Schools Out Jump Off, with Miss Teefa, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Uptown Unity Fest with Kuumba Lynx, and Silver Rooms 5th Annual Block Party.
Film will be followed by panel discussion and performance form some of the FootWorkIngz

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