ABBY GINZBERG FILMS

CHANGING THE WORLD ONE FILM AT A TIME...

ABBY GINZBERG FILMS

CHANGING THE WORLD ONE FILM AT A TIME...

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DOING JUSTICE: The Life and Trials of Arthur Kinoy, feature length documentary about a civil rights lawyer whose high profile cases began with the Rosenbergs and continued through Watergate.

EVERYDAY HEROES takes a behind the headlines look at a racially diverse AmeriCorps team working in the East Bay and at the challenges they confront as they strive to make a difference in the lives of young people.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES, documents the power of written and spoken word performances to release the creativity and increase the self-esteem of some of our hardest to reach, hardest to teach youth

THOSE WHO KNOW DON’T TELL: The Ongoing Battle for Workers Health, a documentary about the collaboration among workers, unions and health professionals to uncover the causes of occupational disease and eliminate workplace hazards

GET SCREENED OAKLAND profiles a unique municipal effort to get all residents screened for HIV. Get Screened Oakland won a CINE Golden Eagle as well as an award for CINE Best of Category

SOUL OF JUSTICE: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey is a timely and unforgettable story about one person’s commitment to integrity and human rights and his profound influence on the American judicial system. Award-winning director Abby Ginzberg’s riveting and thought-provoking film transports viewers through the inspiring life and work of one of the first African-American federal judges in the United States and chronicles the impact of his decisions on the lives of millions. As the first black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Kennedy Justice Department in the 1960’s, Henderson, fresh out of law school, confronted the intricate challenges of being a black man in authority within the largely all-white world of the American legal system. With rare and powerful archival footage SOUL OF JUSTICE offers viewers an intimate window into the world of the young lawyer as he grapples with tough choices, including the decision to loan a car to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a crucial act which which ultimately cost him his job. Beginning with his 1980 judicial appointment by President Jimmy Carter until the present day, Henderson’s tenacity in seeing that his decisions are implemented has made him a uniquely effective and brave jurist, setting the bar high for others who have followed in his footsteps. From the inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison to the slaughter of dolphins by tuna-fishing fleets, to the elimination of affirmative action, SOUL OF JUSTICE reverberates with the heart-wrenching and dynamic issues that have placed Judge Henderson on the front lines throughout the last 25 years. SOUL OF JUSTICE captures the multifaceted nature of this extraordinary human being by deftly weaving together the parallel threads of historical imagery and insightful commentary to create a rousing profile in courage. At a time of increasing polarization over the actions of judges in America, this compelling cinematic journey reveals the true power of Thelton Henderson’s fearless efforts to see that justice retains its soul.

CRUZ REYNOSO: Sowing the Seeds of Justice

During his extraordinary life, Cruz Reynoso has been one of those rare individuals who are not only shaped by history-they make history.  Sowing the Seeds of Justice paints a portrait of Cruz Reynoso, a man who felt the sting of injustice as a child and later, as a lawyer, judge and teacher, fought for over five decades to eradicate discrimination and inequality for all.  CRUZ REYNOSO: Sowing the Seeds of Justice begins with Cruz Reynoso's childhood where he was born into a Spanish-speaking farm worker family of eleven children. It shows his struggle to be educated, leading to his graduation from Pomona College in 1953 and from UC Berkeley Law School in 1958. He then became the first Latino Director of California Rural Legal Assistance and later one of the first Latino law professors in the country beginning his academic career at the University of New Mexico Law School. His ascent to the California Supreme Court was a singular achievement, when he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the first Latino justice on that bench. Then in a heated recall campaign whose central issue was the death penalty, Reynoso and two other justices lost their seats.  As Vice Chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he provided leadership in the only investigation of voting rights abuses a the 2000 election in Florida. He received the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his lifelong devotion to public service and today at 80, he continues to teach law at UC Davis Law School and to actively participate in community organizations throughout the state of California.