Frame-Up! and Voices from Within
1974-77 / 50 min. / digital video
Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:30pm
Presented by South Side Projections and the Stony Island Arts Bank as part of the (In)Justice for All Film Festival
Two films from New York’s Pacific Street Films group look at state abuses of power in the criminal justice system. Examining the case of Martin Sostre, a black Puerto Rican bookstore owner in Buffalo, New York who was framed on drug possession charges in 1967 and sentenced to prison, Frame-Up! (Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher, & Howard Blatt, 1974, 30 min.) shows how the American justice system can be abused for purposes of political repression. Voices from Within (Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher, 1977, 20 min.) dramatizes the loneliness and desperation of long-term prisoners who are denied many of the benefits provided to short-term prisoners, and reveals the emotional damage done to them and their families by extended incarceration.