Free Social Justice Summer films by Loft Cinema at Global Justice Center


Free Admission! This screening will take place at The Global Justice Center




Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

“Featuring a post-film discussion with Dr. Stephanie Troutman, Black feminist scholar and associate professor in the Department of English at the University of 13Arizona.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary, galvanizing, Oscar-nominated documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates an eye-opening, emotional work of grand historical synthesis. (Dir. by Ava DuVernay, 2016, USA, 100 mins., TV-MA/Mature Audience Only”

Upcoming films for this Social Justice Summer in June and July:

June 7:  “Tomorrow” environmental film;

June 14:  Middle Eastern Shorts program for young adults

June 21: “Mala Mala”, LGBTQ documentary from Puerto Rico

June 28: “Jackson” on reproductive rights in Jackson, Mississippi

July 5: “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation”  documentary on The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team

July 12: “Who is Dayani Cristal” about illegal immigration along US/Mexico border

July 19:  “I Am Not Your Negro” on Black Americans

Global Justice Center is located between 4th Ave. and 5th Avenue on E. 26th Street, in South Tucson.



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).