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"The Honest Struggle" SCREENING Presented by Pitt Jazz

Feb 4, 2021 - Feb 4, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Event

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 60 minutes)

Pitt Jazz presents two day event on life after incarceration. One time registration grants access to both evenings.

  • Feb. 4th 7:00 PM Film Screening “The Honest Struggle: Living as aTarget”  (Run-time 58 min) Trailer Here
  • Feb. 5th 7:00 PM Film discussion on the role of institutional racism in the prison industrial complex and the challenges of re-entry after incarceration. Live panel. (Run-time 60 min)

The Pitt Jazz program of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Music in collaboration with City of Asylum presents a two day event that includes a live screening of the film “The Honest Struggle” by filmmaker Justin Mashouf and a panel discussion followed by a musical performance of orginal music by vocalist/pianist Sadiq Davis and vocalist Aquilla Sadalla.

The film tells the story of Sadiq Davis, a Muslim convert who re-enters society in the Southside of Chicago after over 25 years of incarceration to face the same streets that ruined his life. The film is a raw portrait of a man struggling to survive an honest life and redefine himself in a world in which he feels no belonging.

This event will focus on the topic of stereotypes that follows people after being incarcerated and trying to make a decent and honest life for themselves in society. The project is also a testament to music as a saving grace for those facing extreme challenges.

Pitt’s Director of Jazz Studies, Nicole Mitchell Gantt has gathered a panel to discuss the film and its themes on the following day of the film screening. Along with Sadiq Davis and filmmaker Justin Mashouf, Gantt has invited Richard Garland, Director of the Reimagine Re-entry Program at the University Pittsburgh and James Badue, founder of the People’s Right to Obtain Our Freedom (PROOF). Gantt hopes to inspire the public on the need to transform the culture that places limitations of rights and respect given to ex-convicts who re-enter society, with the bigger goal of discussing the abolition movement and a complete transformation of American punitive culture.

Contact the jazz studies office at pittjazz@pitt.edu or go to our website jazz.pitt.edu for further details.

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