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December 6, 2019

Opening Night Presentation – 16 Bars

Hosted by Human Rights Film Festival


506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

December 6 at 6:30 PM

America is infamous for having the highest incarceration rate in the world. 16 Bars presents an alternative solution to the crisis through the universal language of music. Speech, from Grammy award winning hip-hop group Arrested Development, leads a music workshop in a Richmond City jail as part of a program dedicated to lowering recidivism rates. As Speech interacts with four inmates and learns about their pasts, we are confronted with the stark reality of addiction and the structural nature of recidivism. More importantly, 16 Bars is a testament to the power of music as social activism. Music gives these inmates an opportunity to tell their stories and transform their lives. As we follow their journeys in and out of jail, 16 Bars will have you cheering and clapping to the rhythm of their lives.

Q&A with Sam Bathrick (director) and Todd “Speech” Thomas (film subject)

More information and tickets

Content Warning: Mention of drug use and violence.

ASL interpretation will be provided. Open captions. Poetry performance will be ASL interpreted and live captioned. Relaxed screening environment. Held Space and active listeners will be available. Live captioning/transcription for introductions and post-screening discussions. Wheelchair accessible venue. Wheelchair accessible seating. Wheelchair accessible washrooms. Gender neutral washrooms. Hearing assist devices available. Service animals welcome. Please help keep the space scent-free. Tiered pricing available – nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Complimentary tickets for support persons are available in advance or in person the day of the screening. The festival will embrace crip time by starting on time, sticking to the schedule, and respecting that people will come and go as they please. More accessibility information is available on the Human Rights Film Festival website.