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Policing Mental Health: Film Screenings and Public Dialogue

Last Day Of Freedom; Code (Double Feature)

Directed by: Dee Hibbert Jones and Nomi Talisman; Dixie Gamble

2015 | USA | 98 min | Unrated

Screening and Discussion

Friday, June 3, 2016, 7pm

Free Screening - Reserve Tickets Online

Two films exploring the crossroads where criminal justice and mental health intersect, and the tragic consequences. 

Last Day of Freedom

An Animated Documentary

Directed by Dee Hibbert Jones and Nomi Talisman

2015 | USA | 32 minutes | Unrated

When Bill Babbitt realized that his brother Manny had committed a crime, he agonized over the decision to call the police, knowing that Manny could face the death penalty but hoping he would instead receive the help he needed. Manny, an African American veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, suffered from PTSD, and had found it difficult to obtain healthcare. (Nominee, 2016 Academy Award.)


Directed by Dixie Gamble

2015 | USA | 66 minutes | Unrated

A training film for correctional officers on how to deal empathetically with the mentally ill, and an educational tool for those concerned about the institutions that house millions of mentally ill persons in the U.S.  Features interviews with correctional officers and inmates sharing their stories of living with mental illness in prison.

Followed by a conversation with Code director Dixie Gamble and Jeff Fladen, NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness), Tennessee, which commissioned Code.

Presented in conjunction with States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories at the California Museum of Photography through August 6, 2016. Support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, UCR ARTSblock, and the department of History at UC Riverside.

Related program: 

Friday, June 4, 7pm, Culver Center Atrium, Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed, a performance by Los Angeles Poverty Department and public dialogue with Greer Sullivan, Director, Center for Healthy Communities, UCR School of Medicine; Maribel Nuñez, Director, California Partnership; and Kevin Michael Key, cast member, Los Angeles Poverty Department.

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