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Campaign Overview

THE RECALL: REFRAMED ends with a question it does not answer: “How can we imagine a form of justice that does not perpetuate the harms of mass incarceration?” Our outreach campaign is designed to facilitate conversations that pick up where the film leaves off. 

We draw on the work of feminist, civil rights, and decarceral activists and thinkers and seek to introduce audiences to their work and lift up their message. Of course, there are no easy answers, but we hope to promote imaginative, cross-movement discussions to envision a world in which gender justice does not come at the expense of racial justice.

The materials below, along with the film, are designed to push us to both explore different ways that we can promote healing and genuine accountability, and also to examine how our current system fails to meet either of these ends.

Scroll down for resources and materials including:

Screening toolkit

Use this toolkit to guide you through the entire process of organizing a screening, from selecting a venue, to promoting your event, to leading a successful discussion, to following up with your audience. It provides a checklist for in-person events and one for virtual events.

Discussion guide

This comprehensive discussion guide dives deep into all of the topics explored in the film. It offers questions to pose to viewers as well as sample answers and additional contextual information to enrich the conversation.

Action Plan

The film can evoke powerful feelings in people and viewers may find themselves looking for a way to channel that energy. This guide provides concrete ideas for getting involved in changing policy around the topics explored in the film.

Additional Resources

Use this guide as a starting point for further learning on the topics explored in the film. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it contains articles, books, films, and podcasts that have been helpful and meaningful to our team. Please let us know which ones resonate with you and send other suggestions our way!

Cross Platform Collaboration

On the heels of our MSNBC broadcast, we’re collaborating with three mission-driven platforms (The Emancipator—racial justice, Inquest—decarceral, Lux Magazine—feminist) to elevate the conversation about our country’s response to sexual violence. For a limited time you can watch the full film for free through these platforms and read more about the issues at the center of the film.

· The Emancipator, “The Cognitive Dissonance of Brock Turner” by Yoruba Richen and Rebecca Richman Cohen. A well-intentioned recall campaign to combat White privilege and end sexual violence resulted in additional centuries of incarceration disproportionately impacting low-income individuals and people of color

· Inquest, The Recall: Reframed director’s statement by Rebecca Richman Cohen

· The Emancipator, “How do we address sexual violence without contributing to the harms of mass incarceration?” by Jevhon Rivers. A conversation with Sonya Shah, founder of Ahimsa Collective, on restorative practices to address harm

· The Emancipator, “The fatal flaw of judicial politics: How outrage around Brock Turner led to centuries of extra prison time” by Judge LaDoris H. Cordell. Calls for harsher sentences disproportionately hurt Black and Brown people — not people convicted of sex crimes

· The Emancipator / Lux Magazine, “Reckoning with carceral feminism in the fight to end mass incarceration” by Aya Gruber. Feminists’ impulse to “lock them up” distracts from creating structures and support that prevent gender violence in the first place
Lux Magazine newsletter (abridged version): “Revisiting the Brock Turner Case: A win for #MeToo, or for the carceral state?”

· Inquest, “Reframing Our Outrage” by  Ieshaah Murphy. A new film reminds us that caring about survivors means working to prevent and respond to all violence—including carceral violence