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In The Executioner’s Shadow – A Story of Justice, Injustice and the Death Penalty

American University School of Communication

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Light refreshments in theater lobby at 6:00 p.m. Light desserts following the program.

Documentary film clips followed by discussion and audience Q&A with filmmakers, SOC Professors Maggie Stogner and Rick Stack. Panelists: Vicki Schieber, mother of a murder victim; Jerry Givens, former chief executioner of Virginia; Karen Brassard, Boston Marathon bombing survivor; and Dian Rust-Tierney, executive director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Four years in the making, In the Executioner's Shadow is a poignant film that takes us into the rarely seen world of death row with Jerry Givens, who conducted 62 executions for the State of Virginia and is haunted by how close he came to executing an innocent man. It follows survivor Karen Brassard, who was severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and her deep moral conflict while she attends the trial. It defies our perception of justice as Vicki and Syl Schieber ultimately choose to fight for the life of their daughter's rapist and murderer.

This timely film, by Maggie Burnette Stogner and Richard Stack, has received praise from Amnesty International, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Death Penalty Information Center, Equal Justice USA, Death Penalty Focus, The Sentencing Project, as well as several distributors.

This film’s debut comes at a key moment in history. According to the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty, support for the death penalty hovers near 50%, the lowest since it was reinstated in 1977. The New York Times reported that in 2017, four more people who had been sentenced to death were exonerated, for a total of 160 since 1973 — a time during which 1,465 people were executed. In the Executioner’s Shadow takes us well beyond these numbers and statistics and gives insight into the lives of real people as they struggle with justice, injustice and the death penalty.

Co-Sponsors: Film & Media Arts Division, Public Communication Division, School of Communication, SOC Diversity Committee, Center for Media & Social Impact, College of Arts and Sciences, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, and University Library and School of Public Affairs

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American University School of Communication
4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater (McKinley Building 201)
Washington, DC 20016

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)


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