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A student asks a question during one of the many discussion sessions held with filmmakers, activists and academics during the 2015 Justice on Trial Film Festival at Mount Saint Mary's Doheny Campus.

Mount hosts 'Justice on Trial' film fest

At a moment in the nation's history when critical justice reforms stir the air, Mount Saint Mary's University hosted the third annual Justice on Trial film festival Oct. 23-25 at its downtown L.A. Doheny Campus. The event served as a public platform to address many of the criminal justice challenges confronting America today. Film and discussion topics covered issues ranging from policing practices and gender-related violence to immigrant detention and mass incarcerations. 

Founded by Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project and Michelle Alexander of The New Jim Crow, Justice on Trial partners with universities to serve as a platform for education, understanding, inspiration and action. At this year's event, eight films were screened for hundreds of attendees, and panelists for the films included an impressive lineup of award-winning female producers, directors and advocates. A series of dynamic discussions complemented the films. 

Opening night's "Say Her Name" session featured nationally recognized women's advocates Kimberle Crenshaw, of UCLA and Columbia Law Schools, and Azadeh Zohrabi, attorney with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Saturday's "Free Me" forum included Paul Butler, a Georgetown law professor, and Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout. 

To learn more about the Mount's Film, Media & Communication department, which served as an event partner, visit

The University offers several film-related degrees, including a BS in Film, Media & Social Justice and a BA in Film & Media. Mount Saint Mary's also recently launched an MFA in Film & Television that is based at the historic Hollywood Center Studios. BA in Film & Media

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