Film Screening: Documenting Justice

Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution with a still image from Last Day of Freedom, directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman. Photo courtesy of Living Condition, LLC.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
TBD | Online
Free; registration required.

Dee Hibbert-Jones, Professor of Art at UC Santa Cruz, and filmmaker Nomi Talisman present a curated selection of films, followed by a Q+A.

Reservation Link Coming Soon.


About the Visualizing Abolition series:

This program is part of a series of virtual talks and events presented in conjunction with the exhibition Barring Freedom, co-organized by SJMA and UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS). The online events feature artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition and are coordinated by the IAS in collaboration with Professor Gina Dent, feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz. 

About the Directors

Dee Hibbert-Jones is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy® award-winning filmmaker, and internationally recognized artist. Her work incorporates animation, installation, public art, and documentary film examining power and politics: how people manage and who gets heard. She explores diverse subjects from land use and wasted resources, to criminal justice and indigent rights: examining what is considered valuable and who is dismissed as valueless. Hibbert-Jones is a Guggenheim Fellow. She was most recently awarded the United States Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award in recognition for her outstanding national commitment to civil rights, and social justice. The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University awarded Hibbert-Jones the 2015 Filmmaker Award with Nomi Talisman, the California Public Defenders Association awarded them both the 2016 Gideon Award for support to indigent minorities.

Nomi Talisman is an artist and a creative media maker, turned documentarian using animation. Talisman has extensive experience in short-form video work, documentary work for non-profit organizations, and other agencies, as well as legal and evidentiary filming and photography. Her personal and collaborative art projects and film/ video art projects have been exhibited internationally, supported by grants and awards from agencies such as The British Council, Creative Work Fund, The Center for Cultural Innovation, Cal Humanities, Pacific Pioneer Fund, America-Israel Cultural Fund, among others.


Visualizing Abolition is organized by UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences in collaboration with San José Museum of Art and Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery. The series has been generously funded by the Nion McEvoy Family Trust, Ford Foundation, Future Justice Fund, Wanda Kownacki, Peter Coha, James L. Gunderson, Rowland and Pat Rebele, Porter College, UCSC Foundation, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

Partners include: Howard University School of Law, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Indexical, The Humanities Institute, University Library, University Relations, Institute for Social Transformation, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Porter College, the Center for Cultural Studies, the Center for Creative Ecologies, and Media and Society, Kresge College