Race in Justice: BURDEN
March 25, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services would like to invite you to an upcoming virtual screening of the short film BURDEN by Nathan Hale followed by a lively discussion of the experience of Black males in America and the challenges that come along with race, discrimination, and the criminal justice system. We hope you will be able to join us.
Film Screening and Panel Event
Thursday, March 25
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Dr. H. Jean Wright II, Psy.D.
Director, DBHIDS Behavioral Health and Justice Division
- Blanche Carney– Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Prisons
- Chad Lassiter– Executive Director, Pa. Human Relations Commission
- Edwin Desamour– Community Activist
- Judge Leon Tucker- Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
- Tumar Alexander– Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Burden Film Information
BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis, a highly successful and highly educated family man who, in spite of his success, still has to deal with the perils of being a Black man in America.
Starring Nic Few, Pauletta Washington, and Asha Kamali
Written and directed by Nathan Hale Williams (90 Days, Love for Passion, Dirty Laundry)
From the filmmaker
Like the majority of people, I am very disturbed by what is going on in America. For people of color, it is no shock to us that racism, discrimination, and inequality are alive, widespread, and strong. With this film, my goal is to show a day in the life of Black and brown men in America through the eyes of Bennett. This film chronicles all of the macro and micro aggression we face just walking through life – no matter your status, success, or anything personal about you. Notwithstanding the seriousness of the underlying issues, BURDEN is not heavy-handed in the delivery of the “message,” but instead skillfully infuses comedy into the real-life scenarios that Bennett encounters throughout his day culminating in a dramatic moment that any person – man or woman, black or white – can understand.