In the next few weeks, the RFC will bring our CARRY IT FORWARD: Celebrate the Children of Resistance film to both the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Coming up first is the west coast premiere, on May 14th, at the Berkeley City College Auditorium. Then on May 31st, we’ll have a screening at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, as part of this year’s Left Forum.
CARRY IT FORWARD, (run-time 90-minutes), stars activist legend Angela Davis as the narrator, Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues and Emotional Creature) portraying Ethel Rosenberg, and Cotter Smith as Julius Rosenberg. It uses dramatic readings, acted vignettes, poetry, music, and historical photos to dramatize the last four days of the Rosenbergs’ lives through their prison letters and their sons’ firsthand accounts.
CARRY IT FORWARD also tells the stories of present-day activist families the Rosenberg Fund for Children assists (including the family of Russell Maroon Shoatz), and celebrates current movements for peace, environmental justice, immigrants' rights, civil liberties and other progressive struggles from Idle No More and Stop, Stop and Frisk, to the fight to free all political prisoners. Jenn, Robert and Michael Meeropol, poet Martín Espada, folk duo Mike + Ruthy, radical hip hop group Rebel Diaz, international human rights attorney Lennox Hinds, filmmaker Shola Lynch, and other artists and activists round out the multi-generational cast.
The May 14th event will be a joint benefit for the RFC and our co-producers, the Middle East Children's Alliance, long-time RFC allies. We’re proud to also have co-sponsorship from The Freedom Archives, KPFA, Jewish Voice for Peace, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, San Francisco Women in Black, and Al Awda. MECA founder and executive director Barbara Lubin will open the event with brief remarks about their work aiding children and families in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon. Jenn Meeropol, the Rosenbergs’ granddaughter and executive director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, will take questions following the screening.
The May 31st screening immediately precedes the Left Forum’s Saturday evening plenary with RFC Advisory Board members Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte. Featured live presenters throughout the weekend include Amy Goodman, Cornel West, Immortal Technique, Chris Hedges, Laura Flanders and others. Left Forum is the largest annual conference of the broad Left in the United States with over 4000 attendees and 400 workshops and panels across its three days of programming. This year's theme is "Reform and/or Revolution: Imagine a World of Transformative Justice.”
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