Amplifying Abolition: How Storytelling Can Advance Transformative Justice

Amplifying Abolition: How Storytelling Can Advance Transformative Justice

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 20 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 20 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Abolitionist filmmaking requires abolitionist approaches. This panel will explore how narrative and storytelling can advance prison industrial complex abolition organizing and transformative justice. We’ll start this panel with a preview of the upcoming film “What These Walls Won’t Hold,” which tracks the origins of COVID-19 inside the California state prison system and a newly formed coalition, led by currently and formerly incarcerated people, that brought an abolitionist framework to a life or death situation. We’ll discuss how relationships, built on trust, shared struggle, and connections across broader abolitionist organizing work, can unfold into spaces of resistance and radical change.



adamu chan

Adamu Chan

Adamu Chan is a filmmaker, writer, and community organizer from the Bay Area who was incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison during one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. He produced numerous short films while incarcerated, using his vantage point and experience as an incarcerated person as a lens to focus the viewer’s gaze on issues related to social justice. In 2021, he was a recipient of the Docs in Action Film Fund through Working Films to produce and direct his film What These Walls Won’t Hold. Adamu draws inspiration and energy from the voices of those directly impacted, and seeks to empower them to reshape the narratives that have been created about them through film.

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