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“American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton” Begins Oscar-Qualifying Run at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre on September 2

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LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Open Eye Pictures’ “American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton” — a 40-minute documentary about the landmark 1968 Huey P. Newton murder trial — will begin its one-week Oscar-qualifying run at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles on Friday, September 2, 2022.

“American Justice on Trial” chronicles the extraordinary paradigm-changing trial in which Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton faced the death penalty for killing a white policeman in a pre-dawn car stop in 1968 Oakland. At his trial, Newton and his maverick defense team led by Charles Garry and his then rare female co-counsel Fay Stender defended the Panthers as a response to 400 years of racism and accused the policemen of racial profiling, insisting Newton had only acted in self-defense. Their unprecedented challenges to structural racism in the jury selection process were revolutionary and risky. If the Newton jury came back with the widely expected first degree murder verdict against the charismatic Black militant, Newton would have faced the death penalty and national riots were anticipated. But Newton’s defense team redefined a “jury of one’s peers,” and a groundbreaking diverse jury headed by pioneering Black foreman David Harper delivered a shocking verdict that still reverberates today. Trailer and Website: https://justicemovie.com

“American Justice on Trial” took nine years to complete and includes historical footage and interviews with key participants involved in the Panthers movement and in the trial itself. In addition to jury foreman Harper and Huey’s brother Melvin Newton, interviewees include Bay Area reporter Belva Davis, defense attorney John Burris, retired federal judge Thelton Henderson, retired Oakland police chief George Hart, Panther communications secretary Kathleen Cleaver, and Bryan Stevenson — founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

“The Newton trial was monumental in the process of addressing racism in the jury selection process,” said co-director Herb Ferrette. “So, in a way, the trial put racism itself on the stand. And that was groundbreaking for the time.”

Co-director and producer Andrew Abrahams adds: “George Floyd was a tipping point, but racial profiling and excessive force against Black people by police has been a reality in the U.S. for decades. It was the fulcrum of the 1968 Huey Newton trial which our film depicts, and which the Black Panthers — co-founded by Newton — rallied against. The great lesson from People v. Newton is the importance of diversity among all players in the criminal justice system, including police, juries, attorneys, and judges.

About Open Eye Pictures

Open Eye Pictures is a multi-award-winning, nonprofit specializing in the production and distribution of creative educational media. The company’s work has been broadcast widely, including on HBO, PBS, and Netflix, and received numerous awards, including a national Emmy nomination, Academy Award shortlist honor and Best Documentary prizes at many film festivals. https://openeyepictures.com

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Empowering Stories: TNC Network’s Positive Impact Documentary Series

Discover a refreshing alternative to fear-inducing news. Join TNC Network on their journey to showcase positivity in a world of uncertainty.

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In a world filled with uncertainty, TNC Network stands out by highlighting its positive impact. The new documentary series focuses on inspiring individuals, offering a refreshing alternative to fear-inducing mainstream media. Avoiding clickbait, TNC aims to uplift and inform. Stay tuned for the debut on STM Daily News.

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Documentary Highlights Need for Advancing Women’s Health Research

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WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Institutes of Health recently presented an exclusive screening of the documentary Below the Belt to its 21,000+ employees and researchers.
Below the Belt shines a light on endometriosis, a disease that affects 200 million girls and women around the world yet remains vastly underfunded and under-researched.

The filmmaker Shannon Cohn is one of those women. Cohn partnered with executive producers Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosario Dawson, Corinne Foxx, Mae Whitman, and the late Senator Orrin Hatch to position the film as a key part of a larger social impact campaign focused on increasing widespread awareness, improving medical education, and creating transformative policy changes in women’s health.

The documentary shows how women are often dismissed, discounted, and disbelieved in their healthcare. During the average ten years it takes to be diagnosed with endometriosis, they are often told that symptoms are in their head or part of being a woman. A greater diagnostic delay exists for women of color who are less likely to be believed, diagnosed, and effectively treated. Due to outdated notions, women with endometriosis are often treated with an array of ineffective drugs and surgeries and erroneously told that pregnancy and hysterectomy are cures. Nearly 50% of infertility cases in women are due to this disease, and almost all are preventable.

The NIH screening, hosted by Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH, and Janine Clayton, M.D., Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, and NIH Associate D

irector for Research on Women’s Health, was shared with all 27 departments of the NIH Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health.

“It is important for our society to understand the human impact of endometriosis. That is why documentaries like Below the Belt are so significant,” said Diana W. Bianchi, M.D. “Our hope is that a greater awareness of the effects of endometriosis among women in the United States and around the world will help accelerate research efforts to definitively diagnose, prevent, and treat this painful disorder.”

Director Janine Clayton, M.D., noted in a panel discussion following the screening that too often, women, and in particular women of color, are not listened to, especially when they are experiencing pain, and they are not believed.

“Unfortunately, race is a factor that sometimes results in bias and how clinicians evaluate individuals presenting with pain,” said Clayton. “It is critical that we raise awareness of that fact and necessary to interrupt the bias.”

Both NIH and Cohn are pressing Congress about the urgent need to focus on women’s health research.

“The goal is to press for a transformative amount of research funding for NIH,” said Cohn. “Researchers should be allowed to be trailblazers on a disease that impacts so many people. We must compel Congress to act on the urgent need to increase funding, not just for endometriosis but for all women’s health issues.”

NIH is working with the White House on a new initiative establishing the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, an effort led by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and the White House Gender Policy Council. Its goal is to fundamentally change how the United States approaches and funds women’s health research while pioneering the next generation of discoveries in women’s health.

In a statement, the Biden administration specified that “under-investing in women’s health research can decrease women’s well-being and quality of life, hold women back in the workplace, and affect their families’ economic security. By contrast, increasing investments in women’s health research can yield broad societal gains, including lower health care costs and a more productive and inclusive workforce.”

Cohn believes the global social impact campaign around the film can help elevate the White House’s overarching mission and recently discussed the campaign’s strategic elements and goals with the White House Gender Policy Council.

Learn more about endometriosis at www.EndoWhat.com and the film at www.BelowtheBelt.film.

About Below the Belt
The documentary Below the Belt exposes widespread problems in our healthcare systems that disproportionately affect women. From societal taboos and gender bias to misinformed doctors and financial barriers to care, the film reveals how millions are silenced and how, by fighting back, we can improve healthcare for everyone. Below the Belt is streaming on PBS through June 2024.

About Shannon Cohn
Shannon Cohn is an attorney and filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, and Nat Geo. Her previous film, Endo What?, a feature documentary on endometriosis, was hailed by The Guardian as “film of the year” and by Newsweek as “the first step in a plan for change.”

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Porto Jewish Community to Release the Trailer to a Film About the Massacre of the Jews of Lisbon in 1506

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PORTO, Portugal (Newswire.com) – The Jewish community of Porto has released to the general public the trailer for a full-length historical film about the massacre of the Jews of Lisbon that took place in the Portuguese capital in 1506.


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The Porto Jewish community has been active over the past decade to promote Jewish culture, among which is the feature film “1618,” which recounts the story of the Inquisition and won the largest number of international awards for a Portuguese film.

The premiere of the film “1506,” which will be available for free viewing, will take place on April 19, 2024 – exactly 518 years since that traumatic event occurred. The film will be available in a variety of languages and platforms for online viewing.

More than 3,000 Jews were brutally murdered in the massacre between April 19 and 21,1506. A simple spark was enough for popular sentiment to cause a catastrophe. The fires into which the bodies were thrown reached the height of houses – even babies were thrown into the fire in the heart of the city, where for three days a brutal mass slaughter of the city’s Jewish residents took place.

“To know the massacre of 1506 in Lisbon is to know the events of October 7, 2023 in Israel and the historic massacres perpetrated against the Jewish people throughout Europe. The only change is the weapons used. ‘October 7 did not exist in a vacuum,’ Antonio Guterres said, and he is right,” said Gabriel Senderowicz, president of the Porto Jewish community and a member of the European Jewish Association.

The Portuguese company LightBox was chosen to produce the film, and the script recreating the historical events, written in 2021, was based on in-depth research carried out at the Alberto Benveniste Research Center for Sephardic Studies at the University of Lisbon.

The Porto Jewish community has been active over the past decade to promote Jewish culture, history and education. Among its notable achievements during this period is the feature film “1618,” which recounts the story of the Inquisition in the city and won the largest number of international awards for a Portuguese film.



The Jewish community of Porto was only officially reestablished in 1923 by Captain Barros Basto, known as the “Portuguese Dreyfus” after he was persecuted for his efforts to reestablish a Jewish community in Porto, some four centuries after it had been destroyed by the Portuguese Inquisition.

Among the important projects led by the community over the past decade are the Jewish Museum in Porto and the Holocaust Museum, which in the past two years have hosted more than 100,000 schoolchildren, constituting 10% of all schoolchildren in Portugal.

Source: The Jewish Community of Porto

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