Tri-State Media Group announces the screening of the ‘Modern Day Slavery: From Plantations to Prisons’, which can be seen at exclusively at the Hip Hop Film Festival’s new IMMERSIVE CINEMA, powered by on August 28, 2020 at 7:00PM, as part of the 2020 festival (HHFF).

Modern Day Slavery: From Plantations to Prisons” is a film which explores the racial disparity and corporate exploitation of African-American and Latino prisoners within the United States Justice System. Film Director and Producer, Edwin Freeman who, along with the cast, continues the conversation on criminal justice reform and shows how the U.S. Justice System violates the rights of millions of African-Americans and Latino citizens, by perpetuating slavery which was said to have been abolished in 1863.

In his film, Freeman explores how the modern-day prison labor industry makes millions of dollars annually off the punishment of the disproportionate amount of African-Americans and Latinos who get arrested at much higher rates than their white counterparts. In most cases these defendants get pressured into accepting unfair plea deals by prosecutors due to their financial inability to pay bail, hire adequate legal representation and go to trial.

Modern Day Slavery: From Plantations to Prisons is one of the influential films that came in from around the world, premiering at the 2020 HHFF. This year’s festival highlighted content and stories from the culture across genres including women-led stories, Black stories, sci-fi, comedy and more. The festival awards the distinction of BEST of the FEST in over 21 categories including Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Web Series, and more. The Closing Awards ceremony will take place this fall.

The riveting documentary film, “Modern Day Slavery” pulls the veil off of the unjust United States Criminal Justice System, while delving deep into the discriminatory and exploitative practices against its African-American and Latino Prisoners.

“Modern Day Slavery” features commentary from a range of cast members including, Criminal Defense Attorney Ikiesha Al-Shabazz, Actor, Poet & Political Activist Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz, retired New York State Parole Officer Ronald Stewart, Radio Personality Benn “Bowtie Benn” Pryor, and Social Justice Advocates Keston Jones, Kamell Ellis, and Kevin “Renny” Smith. Among the topics explored in the film are: The 13th Amendment, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws, Stop & Frisk, School-to-Prison Pipeline, convict leasing, cash bail, 1994 Crime Bill, police brutality, gentrification, wrongful convictions, criminalizing poverty, War on Drugs, and more.

As a selected film and content creator of the 2020 HHFF, Modern Day Slavery: From Plantations to Prisons film cast and crew will interact with the audience during an immersive cinematic experience, with a live Q&A, panel discussion, and interactive performances.

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About the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC

Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival is the only festival to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. This season the festival hosts over 200 directors, producers and screenwriters from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more. The Hip Hop Film Festival features every genre (mystery, sci-fi, horror, action, romance, etc.) of story from filmmakers who live across the world. It is also the only film festival that shares the profits from the festival with the filmmakers selected to participate.

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