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"Freedom Sleepers" Film to Premiere at Del Mar Theatre for SocDoc Thesis Screening
by Alex Darocy (alex [at] alexdarocy.com)
Thursday Jun 2nd, 2016 2:35 PM
Israel Dawson's film "Freedom Sleepers" will premiere at the UCSC SocDoc thesis screening at Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz on June 8. The film documents the struggle to reclaim the rights of homeless people in Santa Cruz, and features footage from the community sleepouts held at Santa Cruz City Hall since July 4 of 2015. [Top photo: Israel Dawson conducts an interview as community members prepare to march to Santa Cruz City Hall for the first community sleepout on July 4, 2015.]
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Dawson embedded himself and spent long periods of time documenting the Freedom Sleepers, the group of unhoused and housed activists who named themselves that shortly after initiating the sleepouts.

The Freedom Sleepers continue to sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall once a week. They do so as an intentional act of civil disobedience to violate the city's parks trespassing ordinance and/or the city's camping ban, depending on where exactly they choose to sleep at City Hall.

In the early months of the sleepouts, the Santa Cruz police conducted massive raids on the protests, arresting some and citing many. During the process of filming "Freedom Sleepers," Dawson faced extreme pressure from the authorities.

The Social Documentation Program, also known as "SocDoc," is a master's degree program at UC Santa Cruz that was founded in 2005. The SocDoc website describes the program as being designed for, "future documentarians committed to social change and to documenting communities, cultures, issues, and individuals who are marginalized in our current landscape of representation."

In addition to "Freedom Sleepers," the thesis screening on June 8 will feature the following films: "ADI At The Confluence" by Joor Baruah; "Fishermen Without A Sea" by Lucas Bonnetti; "Love, Art and Liberation" by Maricar Camaya; "Holding Out" by Rebecca Gourevitch; and "Wesley's Soledad" by Rogelio Novales.


What: UCSC SocDoc Thesis Screening 2016
When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
Location: Del Mar Theatre (Downtown Santa Cruz)
The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Social Documentation Program at UCSC, see:

SocDoc
http://film.ucsc.edu/socdoc/

For more information about the Freedom Sleepers, see:

Freedom Sleepers
http://freedomsleepers.org/


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
§Santa Cruz police shine a bright light on Israel Dawson
by Alex Darocy Thursday Jun 2nd, 2016 2:35 PM
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Santa Cruz police shine a bright light on Israel Dawson as he films them during a police raid of the sleepout held at Santa Cruz City Hall on August 26, 2015.
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