Peace and Justice Group to screen “Tribal Justice”

Posted:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
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BELFAST — The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County , the Belfast Free Library and the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, will present the award winning film Tribal Justice, on Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast free Library. A discussion will follow the screening.

The film follows Abby Abnanti and Charlotte White, two Native American judges who incorporate indigenous values and beliefs into their justice system, in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth.

"We are village people. We have village values. And those values compel us to take care of each other, our families and our country," says Abby Abinanti, chief judge of the Yurok Tribal Court and the first Native American woman admitted to the State Bar of California. White is the chief judge of the Quechan Tribal Court in Southern California. She says "In my capacity as chief judge, what I am fighting for is our people, our independence, our sovereignty, our existence."

White sees Abinanti as a mentor, and both women are focused on restoring their communities rather than punishing offenders. The two judges share the goal of increasing safety and decreasing incarceration in an effort to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Both judges are passionate about preserving their cultures and creating new pathways to justice for families dealing with historical trauma and intergenerational addiction.

Independent filmmaker Anne Makepeace follows these two compassionate and innovative judges over two years, as they address the root causes of crime and model restorative systems that are working. Tribal Justice provides an education about tribal courts, a compassionate view of addiction and treatment, as well as celebrating strong female leaders such as Abinanti and White. It also provides a positive example for the mainstream justice system.

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning non-fiction film series. For more information, go to http://www.pbs.org/pov/.

The film, offered in anticipation of the events in Belfast for Indigenous Peoples' Day October 9, 2017, is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext.10.

Event Date: 
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Belfast Free Library, Abbott Room, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME
Contact Phone: 
(207) 338-3884 x10