April 2017 EVENTS

Cohosted by AACTLA:  "DEFENDER" Movie Premiere
60th San Francisco International Film Festival

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Castro Theater
Address: 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA

Please join AACTLA, AABA, and CAAM in this presentation of an exciting new film project by Emmy nominated director, Jim Choi, and Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender and AACTLA member!  DEFENDER tells the story of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi who takes on the case of 22-year old Michael Smith, an African American man who pleaded not guilty in one of the first body camera cases in San Francisco when he was charged with battery on police officers and resisting arrest. This urgent documentary shows how far Adachi and his team will fight for the young man’s freedom while exposing racial bias through all levels of the judicial system. The film also underscores the Public Defender's fight to provide legal representation for detained immigrants facing deportation in the current political era.

FREE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE WITH RSVP!  For more information and tickets, click here.


March 2017 EVENTS

Film Screening - "ABACUS : Small Enough to Jail" 
at CAAMFest35  (formerly SF Asian American International Film Festival)
Preceded by a short film by Jeff Adachi, "The Ride"

***FREE TICKETS FOR AACTLA MEMBERS! MUST RSVP at aactlabayarea@gmail.com***

Date: March 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Great Star Theater
Address: 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA

AACTLA proudly cohosts a screening for a film by Steve James (Hoop Dreams), that explores the evocative story of the Sung family-owned Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. James documents the family’s trial by judge and their own Chinatown community.

AACTLA will host a limited number of tickets for our members, so please contact us at aactlabayarea@gmail.com for your free ticket!
This screening of Abacus will be preceded by a short film by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, "The Ride". This film takes viewers on a personal and intense ride through the case of a young African American man who is charged with assaulting police officers after being falsely accused of a crime in a case with racial overtones. In this era of mass incarceration and police shootings of young African American men, how do we, as a society, grapple with the issues of racism and implicit bias in policing and its consequences for those who question police authority?

CAAMFest is recognized as the the nation's largest showcase for API films, annually presenting 130 works in SF, Berkeley, and San Jose. It has been an important source for new Asian cinema and has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers since 1982.

For more information about Abacus and CAAMFest, please go to: http://caamfest.com/2017/films/abacus-small-enough-to-jail/


February 2017 EVENTS

Cosponsored by AACTLA:  San Francisco Public Defender's Office presents...

Date:  February 22, 2017
Time:  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
Address: 100 Larkin Street (enter at 30 Grove Street), San Francisco, CA 94102

Please join AACTLA, the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and our many community justice partners in a practical discussion about immigration law and mass deportation.  No family should be torn apart because they can't afford an attorney.  Learn how San Francisco can provide lawyers to help immigrants fight deportation and how YOU can help.  

The event is free to all attendees!

Click here for RSVP and more information.