CLOSING: RicochetDirected by Chihiro Wimbush, Jeff Adachi
When a young woman is shot by an undocumented immigrant on Pier 14 in San Francisco, the incident ignites a political and media furor that culminates in Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States. In the eye of this storm, two public defenders fight to reveal the truth.
This film will screen in-person and is available for online rental. This film has closed captioning available.
Directed and Produced by Jeff Adachi and Chihiro Wimbush
Jeff Adachi (Director/Producer) was a social justice advocate and filmmaker, writing and directing two PBS award winning films, “The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film & Television” and “You Don’t Know Jack Soo” and the acclaimed short film “Racial Facial,” a short film about the history of racism in the United States. Jeff served as the elected Public Defender of San Francisco. Through his legal work and activism, Jeff was a strong advocate for the civil rights of all Americans.
Chihiro Wimbush (Director/Producer/Editor) is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and editor. Chihiro co-directed/co-produced and filmed the documentary feature “Dogtown Redemption” spending several years following the lives of homeless recyclers in West Oakland. The film aired on Independent Lens on PBS and was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy. Chihiro was the editor for the late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on his films “The Ride” and “Defender” chronicling the work of public defenders inside the criminal justice system. On Jeff’s last film, “Ricochet,” Chihiro served as editor, then after Jeff’s sudden passing, took on directing and producing to complete the film on Jeff’s behalf.
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