Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker — RICOCHET — online event, 7/21/22

Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker — RICOCHET — online event, 7/21/22

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Straight from the festival circuit: the trial that brought into sharp focus the anti-immigrant sentiment of the Trump campaign.

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RICOCHET tells the story of the historic trial following the tragic incident at Pier 14 in San Francisco — when a young woman named Kate Steinle was killed by the ricochet of a bullet accidentally fired by an undocumented immigrant, José Ines García Zaraté. The incident sparked a political and media firestorm–spearheaded by the anti-immigrant rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald J. Trump— that rattled the nation, exploited the tragedy of a family, and demonized an innocent man in the process. Against this backdrop, RICOCHET follows the ensuing trial. The defense is led by a team from the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office featuring Chief Attorney Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte, Managing Attorney of their Immigration Defense Unit. They must overcome not only the prosecution in this case, but also the court of public opinion warped by political agendas and false media narratives.

Former San Francisco Public Defender and documentary filmmaker JEFF ADACHI (below, left)created a series of films to tell “the story of so many people who struggle and fight against injustice and the public defenders that represent them": the award-winning short film, THE RIDE, winner of the "Spirit of Bernal" award in 2017; the feature documentary DEFENDER and this, his final film, RICOCHET. These films were inspired by Black Lives Matter and the work to reform the criminal justice system as well as the growing need to defend immigrants targeted by the federal government.​ After Adachi's sudden and untimely death in 2019, filmmaker Chihiro Wimbush (below, right) completed RICOCHET in 2021. Since then, it has shown at many film festivals across the U.S. and garnered numerous awards.

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CHIHIRO WIMBUSH (Director/Producer/Editor) is an Emmy-nominated, documentary filmmaker. Chihiro was co-director (with Amir Soltani) and cinematographer on the documentary feature, DOGTOWN REDEMPTION, about homeless shopping cart recyclers in West Oakland, California. The film premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival where it won an Audience Award, and was broadcast on Independent Lens, before being nominated for an Emmy Award. He also edited the award-winning and nationally broadcast CHANGING SEASON about a year on the Masumoto family peach farm in the Central Valley. RICOCHET is his third collaboration with Jeff Adachi after serving as editor on Jeff's previous two films THE RIDE and DEFENDER. In 2015, his film TOUCHING THE UNTOUCHABLES won the "Spirit of Bernal" award.

After the screening, stay tuned for a lively discussion and Q&A with Chihiro and these special guests.

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MATT GONZALEZ (left, above) is Chief Attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, a position he has held for more than a decade. He represented José Inez García Zárate as co-counsel in state court.

FRANCISCO UGARTE (right,above) manages the Immigration Defense Unit at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, which formed in 2017 and is now California’s largest detained deportation defense provider. He represented José Inez García Zárate in state court as co-counsel.

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