We will be screening Every Mother’s Son and conducting a community discussion, along with a panel of community activists, about the current state of racial issues in this our communities.
Every Mother’s Son, directed by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson, is a documentary about three mothers—Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez; Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; and Doris Busch Boskey, mother of Gary (Gidone) Busch—who lost their sons to policemen, then united to seek justice. Following the screening will be a discussion about the film and current events, such as the non-indictments in the Eric Garner and Mike Brown murders and the protests that followed and are still going on.
Anthony Baez died during a football game when an officer put him in an illegal chokehold. Amadou Diallo was unarmed when he was shot at 41 times by police in his doorway. Gary (Gidone) Busch was pepper-sprayed and shot to death while holding a small hammer, though witnesses said he posed no threat. Their stories are tragic and the courage shown by the mothers heroic. As one witness says, “As long a there’s a mother, we’ll continue to fight.”
Iris Baez, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, never meant to become an activist. Kadiatou Diallo never meant to leave her home in Africa and move to the U.S., to fight for justice for her son. Doris Busch Boskey, a Jewish woman from the suburbs, never thought she’d become a spokesperson against police brutality. This film profiles three women from very different walks of life who find themselves united to seek justice after their sons are unjustly killed by police. Their stories are tragic, but their courage is transformative.
Julien A. Terrell
Zulu Nation King Sadiki “Bro. Shep” Olugbala
Every Mother’s Son film screening & discussion
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165th St.)