Published on: Monday, October 16, 2023 Arts & Humanities

Free Film Screening on Nov. 16 Delves into the Politics of Incarceration and Addiction


Free Film Screening 

Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm 

Takoma Park Community Center 

7500 Maple Avenue 

In a divided America, progressive activist and political commentator Van Jones works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes Van and an unlikely coalition of allies deep into the inner workings of the divisive Trump administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.

Facing fierce opposition from both political parties in a climate where bipartisanship has become a dirty word, Jones and his team enlist the support of formerly incarcerated individuals, faith leaders, grassroots activists and cultural figures in an attempt to pass legislation that would fix some broken aspects of the justice system and bring thousands of incarcerated people home early.

The award-winning documentary reveals an intimate portrait of an activist’s isolation and internal struggles and the commitment of people in both political parties who are drawn into a historic fight for freedom and justice. The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, has been shown at more than 40 other film festivals across the country.

Film director Brandon Kramer will lead a Q&A with the audience after the film screening.

This film screening is part of the Takoma Park Arts event series organized by the City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division, which includes free film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, theater, poetry readings, and dance performances. Please go to and sign up for our e-newsletter to get more info about all of our upcoming events.