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Fordham Film Festival Kicks Off, Justice Sotomayor to Appear

Fordham Law in The Observatory, October 15, 2010

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The Fordham Law Film Festival kicks off on tonight with the film “You Don’t Know Jack” (starring Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian.) The real Jack Kevorkian will also be there, leading a special discussion after the film. The festival, which runs through October 21, features a mix of various legal-themed films and documentaries like Worse Than War, 12 Angry Men, Amistad, They Won’t Forget and … And Justice for All, according to The Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law.

At the end of each film there will be post-screening discussions led by renowned speakers, who have a connection to the film being played that day – the most prominent being Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, on Sunday, October 17. The discussions will allow viewers to explore themes of justice and injustice in everyday life, as well as share various viewpoints within the legal system.

The Fordham Law Film Festival first debuted in 2006, led by Thane Rosenbaum, the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law and Director of the Forum on Law, Culture and Society. In an interview with Gothamist, Rosenbaum said that he hopes to create an “interdisciplinary connection between film and law,” to show how art and film can be directly related. Rosenbaum also goes on about how he got Justice Sotomayor to speak at this year’s festival. He states that Sotomayor originally attended the Film Festival’s first event as a member of the audience when she was a federal appeals judge in Manhattan. “When I learned that she was already one of us, I reached out to her–specifically for the Film Festival, and she most graciously accepted the invitation,” Rosenbaum said.

All tickets to the Fordham Law Film Festival are free, but you must register online in advance in order to reserve a spot. For a full list of films and documentaries to be shown visit the The Forum on Law, Culture and Society website.