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April 1, 2003

Filmmaker To Discuss Award-Winning Documentaries

Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein will visit the University of Iowa April 7 and 8 for screenings of two of his films and discussions with UI film studies students and faculty.

"Ghosts of Attica," Lichtenstein's definitive account of the 1971 prison uprising in New York, will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in the Tippie Auditorium, Room 151 Pappajohn Business Building. Some 29 inmates and 10 guards were killed in the Attica uprising, American's most violent prison rebellion. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the film outlines the rebellion, its suppression, the days of torture that ensued, and the nearly 30 year legal case that followed. The film, which first aired on Court TV, won the Columbia duPont award for excellence in journalism in 2001. Lichtenstein will be present to discuss the film following the screening.

He will also attend a UI film class at 1:30 p.m. Monday April 7 where his film "Children of War" will be screened and discussed. This short documentary was broadcast on PBS's NOW with Bill Moyers and focuses on Ping Chong, a theater director who works with children survivors of war. The class meets in Studio C, Becker Communication Studies Building.

Lichtenstein directed "Safe," about a Brooklyn battered women's shelter for the Discovery Channel. Prior to that he directed "André's Lives," which tells the story of "the Jewish Schindler" and his confrontation with a long-buried past. Has worked on several projects with Lumiere Productions in New York City, including "Local News," for which he was a producer, and "With God On Our Side," for which he was associate producer. He was associate producer of Frontline's Peabody Award-winning special, "The Choice '96."

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