Imagine a young, unarmed black teenager is shot by a white neighborhood watchman. It is up to a jury of six to decide whether or not the man is guilty of murder. 6 Angry Women – done with an improvised script – presents the jury deliberation of six strangers seeking to answer the ultimate question: what is justice vs. what is legal?
Filmmaker Sridhar Reddy will be present for the film screening and engage audiences in a question and answer session afterwards.
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“6 ANGRY WOMEN was a direct response to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. My initial reaction to these trials was outrage, but as I calmed my nerves I sought to understand how exactly these court decisions were made. It boiled down to a simple idea, of a jury discussing what is justice versus what is legal. Drawing on the classic 12 ANGRY MEN, the only way I felt we could bring any kind of veracity to the discussion was to do the film with an improvised script, where we built characters and allowed them to react to a fictional case of the murder of a young, unarmed black boy. By the sixth and final day of shooting, we'd arrived at our consensus, in tears as it went against everything we believed in and it revealed to us the flaws of America's approach to crime, to race, to inequality and even gender. The end result is the discussion on race and justice that I want us to have, which is that none of our efforts towards equality will be fruitful unless we change the laws that are designed to benefit the powerful and corrupt. The game is rigged, it always has been, and will continue to be until we look beyond base rage.” [Source: 6 Angry Women Press Kit]