Film Screening: We Break Things…Hackers Fight for Freedom

Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 PM
Harvard Law School campus
Wasserstein Hall, Room B010
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Journal of Law and Techology
and the Harvard Law Documentary Studio

WE BREAK THINGS pulls back the curtain on one of society’s increasingly powerful political forces, which to most people remains a mystery. Meet the hackers who build and break technology to defend civil liberties worldwide. Featuring intimate personal stories from deep inside the hacker community, this film showcases gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and other kinds of diversity among tech activists. Hacker culture, technology, and wit fuse in an electrified movement for digital freedom, as obscure figures behind the screens come forward for the first time to share their loves, losses, and deepest motivations.

Director/Producer Rebecca Wexler is a fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School where she is currently a J.D. candidate writing on speech, privacy, Internet and democracy issues. She has produced, directed, shot and edited documentaries for the Yale Art Gallery and the Long Wharf Theater, and has worked as an Associate Producer and Archivist for PBS WETA and PBS American Experience. Rebecca recently completed work as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Sri Lanka, where she collaborated with a post-war media collective and taught documentary film production at the Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee.

Another of the Intransigent Ones: Sousa Mendes, Lawyer, Diplomat and Savior of 30,000 Wartime Refugees

After a screening of Semyon Pinkhasov’s new documentary, …With God Against Man…, we will discuss its subject, the Portuguese diplomat Aristedes de Sousa Mendes. During 1939-40, as Consul General from Portugal in Bordeaux, France, Sousa Mendes had to make a fateful decision: should he follow the orders of his government and decline to give life-saving visas to thousands of refugees fleeing Hitler’s Europe, or follow his conscience and disobey these instructions.  To contradict his own government meant the end of his career as well as hardship for his large family including his 15 children back in Portugal. Sousa Mendes, intransigently, went with the dictates of his conscience and not of his government. Thanks to this firm adherence to what he knew was right, 30,000 people were brought to safety from Vichy France to Portugal, in whose neutral borders they found at least temporary safety.

This event, like the film that we are featuring, brings to life and further recognizes the steadfastness of an insufficiently acknowledged wartime hero. A panel following the film discusses Sousa Mendes and elaborates his pathway to humanitarianism.



Cardozo School of Law Jacob Burns Moot Court Room; Cardozo School of Law Lobby

Film Screening and Community Forum on Economic Justice: Thawing the American Dream

October 7, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to co-sponsor a screening and discussion of the Emmy-Nominated documentary ‘American Winter,’ a poignant and moving portrait illustrating the economic struggles of American families.

Join us for the post-film solutions focused panel discussion where you can join with experts in identifying and engaging in ways to be part of what’s next in cultivating a green and growing future for our country.

For more information and to register, please follow this link.