Date(s) - 12/04/2015
12:00 am - 3:00 am
5:30 – 6:30 COMMUNITY POTLUCK
7:00 SCREENING followed by PANEL DISCUSSION
With filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe; Marlene Jenkins, mother of one the defendants featured in the film; Lynne Jackson, co-founder of Project SALAM; and Justin Harrison, NYCLU Capital Region Chapter Legal Committee chair. With panel moderator: attorney Kathy Manley, Chair of the Legal Committee of National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.
Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a counterterrorism informant for more than two decades, takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI and invites filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist – without informing his superiors.
(T)ERROR explores just how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there. Directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
Sponsored by iEAR Presents!, School of HASS, RPI; Muslim Solidarity Committee and Project Salam; New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter, and Amnesty Local Chapter 358.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Lyric R. Cabral – Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Lyric is a New York-based filmmaker and photojournalist who documents stories seldom seen in mainstream media. In support of her verité work, Cabral has received artist grants from BBC Storyville, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute, the Independent Television Service, NYSCA, the International Documentary Association, and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Cabral recently completed (T)ERROR, her first feature length documentary, co-directed with David Felix Sutcliffe, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature. Cabral, along with co-director Sutcliffe, was honored by the Tribeca Film Institute with the 2013 Creative Promise Award. (T)ERROR was also a recipient of the 2013 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, awarded by the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. In 2013, Cabral was named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Her photography has been recently published through Aperture Foundation, National Geographic Channel UK, the Nation, and the Village Voice, and is currently on exhibition with “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument.”
David Felix Sutcliffe – Director, Producer, Cinematographer
David is a Sundance award winning documentary filmmaker. In 2013, he was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s annual list of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” His first film, ADAMA (PBS, 2011), is an hour-long documentary that explores the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl growing up in Harlem who was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being a “potential suicide bomber.” (T)ERROR, co-directed with acclaimed photojournalist Lyric R. Cabral, is his feature-length documentary debut, and marks the first time that filmmakers have had access to an active FBI informant in a domestic counterterrorism investigation. (T)ERROR premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature. Along with (T)ERROR co-director Cabral, Sutcliffe was honored by the Tribeca Film Institute with the 2013 Creative Promise Award. In 2014, he was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Institute’s Edit and Story Lab, as well as their Creative Producing Lab. His work as a filmmaker has been funded by the BBC, the NEA, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute, and the Independent Television Service.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Marlene Jenkins is the mother of Tarik Shah. The 80-year-old grandmother now lives locally working part-time to support the 14-year-old child her youngest son left behind when he went to prison on a charge of conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qaeda. With her part-time job, Jenkins said she is able to make the $400 necessary to travel down to Petersburg, Virginia, to visit her son in prison every three or four months. Check out “Life after the sting: ‘(T)error’ doc explores FBI use of paid informants” to learn more.
Lynne Jackson – co-founder of Project SALAM, Albany, NY
Lynne’s has worked on the issue of preemptive prosecution since two Muslim men in Albany, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, were sentenced to fifteen years in prison after being entrapped by the FBI. Lynne wrote the database used in the report “Inventing Terrorists.”
Justin Harrison – NYCLU Capital Region Chapter legal committee chair
Justin Harrison is the former legal director of the ACLU of Louisiana who recently moved to Albany. During his time with the Louisiana ACLU he oversaw several dozen cases dealing with free speech, student expression, online speech, government retaliation for offensive or controversial speech, school prayer, prisoners’ rights to medical care and pre-trial detention. He has briefed and argued several cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also taught the Law of Mass Communication course at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Harrison was a founding member of the New Orleans Bar Association Section on Civil Rights and edited the ACLU of Louisiana’s Students’ Rights Handbook. Before locating to Louisiana, he was a volunteer attorney for five years with the ACLU of New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from Ursinus College and his J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law. He is currently a member of the NYCLU Capital Region Chapter legal committee.
Kathy Manley – panel moderator – local attorney, Albany, NY
Kathy Manley works with many civil rights groups, including the Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM, and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, where she serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee. She is also the Vice President of the Albany chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.