Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg (Everyday Heroes
) is among the featured guests at a mini-festival of social justice documentaries underway at Vanderbilt Law School. The series continues this evening at 5:30 p.m. with Eric Paul Fournier's award-winning Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story
, a profile of the civil-rights activist who fought the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II all the way to the Supreme Court and beyond. The film will be shown in the law school's Moore Room.
The fest concludes 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 8, with the first Nashville screening of Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey
As the Justice Department's first African American lawyer, Thelton Henderson saw firsthand the explosive conflicts of the civil-rights era, including a stint in the South in 1963 investigating the notorious Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. As a U.S. District Court judge, he has weighed in on many of the day's most controversial and divisive issues, from medical care for prisoners to California's anti-affirmative-action initiative Proposition 209. Abby Ginzberg's documentary examines the judge's career and his grappling with the moral ramifications of the issues he faces. Sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School's Social Justice Program, the movie will be followed by a reception and a panel discussion with filmmaker Ginzberg, U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. and Chancellor Richard H. Dinkins.
Both the screening and reception will be at Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt Law School, 131 21st Ave. S.