Powerful Film Spotlights Police Misconduct, and the Tragic Loss of Three Unarmed Men and the Mothers Who Mourn Them
San Francisco, Calif. - Nov. 27, 2013 - Nearly a decade ago, law enforcement practices in many of America's major cities were undeniably aggressive, intimidating and violent. Police brutality often made headlines and victims spoke out against abuse by the police. Next month, Link TV presents the Emmy® nominated documentary, Every Mother's Son, which explores the devastating impact of police misconduct as three New York mothers unexpectedly find themselves united to seek justice after the tragic deaths of their sons. The documentary airs Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. PST and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. EST on Link TV (DirectTV 375 and DISH Network 9410).
Directed by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson, Every Mother's Son, is a portrait of three New York mothers who lost their sons in the late 1990s when "zero tolerance" policing practices were rampant. The deaths of their sons - Amadou Diallo, a young West African man who was shot 41 times; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew who was shot outside his Brooklyn home - sparked outrage and public protests.
"This film provides an honest and careful examination of an important issue that continues to plague our society," said Bohdan Zachary, Vice President, Broadcast, Syndication and Production for KCETLink. "We are proud to partner with such gifted filmmakers to deliver an uncompromising commentary about police brutality and its aftermath on families and communities."
"We both felt that it was not enough to make a documentary about the ills of the nation's police departments," said filmmaker Tami Gold. "We wanted the film to deal with the critical issues surrounding policing, but also to have a human component, as well as an aspect of hope."
Over the course of seven years, Gold and Anderson follow Kadiatou Diallo, Iris Baez and Doris Busch Boskey as they negotiate the difficult journey from individual trauma to collective action. Facing the angst and repercussions of their children's deaths upon their lives, the women come together to create a profound social movement of action and change in their communities that resonated across the nation.
Anderson added, "The three mothers found a resilience in themselves that is remarkable and provides inspiration to others."
Hailed by Newsday as an "emotionally, powerful piece," Every Mother's Son is the winner of the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award and received an Emmy® nomination for directing.
The program repeats on Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST. For additional airdates or to watch a trailer online, please visit www.linktv.org.
About Link TV
Link TV is a viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, distributed nationally via satellite on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - reaching more than 33 million US households. Link TV is a service of KCETLink, the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. Select Link TV programming also airs on 220 cable outlets, including in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, reaching an additional 22 million homes. Link also streams much of its content online at LinkTV.org. For complete background information, program schedule and Internet streaming, go to LinkTV.org. Follow on Twitter @linktv, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/linktv. Link TV is a service of KCETLink.
About Tami Gold
Tami Gold, filmmaker and professor at Hunter College CUNY, is the recipient of the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Video Arts Fellowships from the New Jersey and New York State Councils on the Arts. She has also received an "Excellence in the Arts" Award from the Manhattan Borough President. Most recently, she produced and directed Puzzles with David Pavlosky. The documentary tells the story of a brutal attack in a gay bar and how a community responds. In 2011, she completed Passionate Politics, a documentary about Charlotte Bunch, an outspoken lesbian feminist activist, which aired on PBS. In 2010, she co-directed the PBS primetime documentary, RFK In The Land Of Apartheid: A Ripple Of Hope.
About Kelly Anderson
Kelly Anderson is a filmmaker and associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College (CUNY). Her most recent film, My Brooklyn, is a documentary about gentrification and the redevelopment of downtown Brooklyn. The film won an Audience Award at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival. Anderson's other work includes Never Enough, a documentary about clutter and America's relationship with 'stuff,' which won an Artistic Excellence Award at the 2010 Big Sky Documentary Festival; Shift, a drama for Independent Television Service (ITVS), which aired on several PBS stations; and Out At Work, co-directed with Tami Gold, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, received a GLAAD Award for Best Documentary and was broadcast on HBO.