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Link TV Presents Emmy Nominated Documentary, 'Every Mother's Son'

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.