"Just Us" Documentary Screening
Just Us Shines Light on the Epidemic of Generational Imprisonment New documentary takes a deeper look at the vicious cycle; premieres February 20th in San Francisco. JUST Us, a documentary from filmmaker Nyjia Jones, carefully examines one of the biggest problems plaguing the justice system - the epidemic of generational imprisonment. Set in the Mission area of San Francisco, the film introduces criminal and juvenile justice advocate, Joanna Hernandez. A former teenage mother who spent many years in and out of jail, Hernandez founded the organization "Young Queens On The Rise" with the goal of helping at-risk youth avoid her mistakes. Her world is rocked when her own son is arrested for a serious crime. Just Us follows Hernandez to various court hearings, jail visits and town hall meetings. Although Hernandez is used to advocating for her clients, she has difficulty dealing with the magnitude of what could possibly happen to her son, the person closest in the world to her. How could this happen? Was her work in vain? What's next? Director Nyjia Jones hails from the Washington, DC area. A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she graduated with a major in documentary film and a minor in digital journalism. She previously worked on the PBS documentary Through A Lens Darkly, the Emmy-nominated Brick City and the Emmy-winning Freedom Riders. Jones was inspired to create Just Us after moving to San Francisco for a fellowship with the Center for Asian American Media. Just Us is her first solo documentary. The debut screening of the film with take place at Brava Theatre, located at 2781 24th St, San Francisco, Ca 94110 . It is presented in conjunction with Mission Girls and Mission Neighborhood Centers. Following the screening will be a Q&A and conversation with the film's lead story, the filmmaker and representatives from criminal/ juvenile justice community.
2781 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Thursday, Feb 20 07:30 PM