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november, 2019

mon18nov6:00 pm7:30 pmNative American Documentary: Tribal Justice6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Topanga LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Film,Native American Heritage Month


(Monday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Topanga Library

122 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

Event Details

Two strong tribal court judges in California strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders. Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe in Northern California, is a fierce elder who has dedicated her life to humane justice. Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe, represents a new generation of Native American lawyers who are revisioning justice. The film follows three cases in and out of the judge’s courtrooms: Taos Proctor is facing a third strike conviction; seventeen year old Isaac Palone is at risk of falling into the school-to-prison pipeline. Nine year old Dru Denard hopes to be reunited with his family through the Quechan Tribal Court’s invoking the Indian Child Welfare Act. These cases illustrate the role of tribal courts in Native communities through the emotional journeys of Taos, Isaac and Dru. American Film Award 2018 Winner, Documentary:Anne Makepeace American Indian Film Festival 2017 Winner, Best Feature Documenatary: Anne Makepeace Cinetopia Film Festival 2017 Winner, Documentary: Anne Makepeace.

For adults.