Dir. STEPHANIE WANG-BREAL | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2018 | 94 min.
Discussion to follow with film subject Eliza Hook
When this film first brings you into an experimental court in Queens, you may not know that it is different—but it is. In this courtroom, the judge, prosecutor, and defense all work together to find the best solution for those on trial. People on opposite sides of an issue cooperate, for the greater good. The film follows a key player (and former Vineyard resident), Eliza Hook, as she gains the trust of her clients and navigates the justice system, trial process, and life circumstances all coming to a head. The court aims to break the cycles of imprisonment and actually set up defendants for a life of success once they walk out the doors.