Equal Justice Under Law was made quickly. When U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision was announced, I knew I needed to be in San Francisco’s Castro District, not far from my home, to celebrate – and to film. The only camera I had access to was the one on my cell phone, so that’s what I used.
During the day-long celebration, I began to hear about President Barak Obama’s speech about the court decision and, later, about him singing “Amazing Grace” at the eulogy for slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, SC. While mindful of the issues of appropriating another culture’s music, it struck me how closely aligned are the causes of racial justice and LGBT equality, and that that song was a way to connect them in my film.
I hope that viewers will also see those connections: that the fight for social justice is one that affects everyone. There is no “us” and “them”. There is only “we”.
Equal Justice Under Law was one of “10 not-to-miss films at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival”.
Running time: 03:00. An Official Selection of 20 U.S. and international film festivals.
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