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"FREE MEN:" A film about Kenneth Reams

November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way, Stanford University



Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience. In solitary confinement for the last 25 years, Kenneth has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art event organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. At age 18, Kenneth Reams was convicted for capital murder without firing a bullet. He became the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row. Alongside art, the film shows how love can cross barbed wire and the length of an ocean in Kenneth’s love for Isabelle, a French artist who wants to become his wife. While Arkansas rushes to execute ten inmates in ten days – an absolute American record - the film captures Kenneth’s struggle, with unprecedented access to his daily battle, and raises universal questions:

How can we fight injustice? How can we continue to move forward and find a sense of purpose in life?  FREE MEN is a film for all those who have thought, one day, of giving up.

The film will be followed by a voice conversation with Kenneth Reams.

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Event Sponsor: 
Center for Human Rights & Int'l Justice, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Theater and Performance Studies, Haas Center for Public Service, Standford Arts Institute, Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and WhoDecides, Inc.
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