Set partly in Detroit — where the discovery of thousands of untested rape kits made national headlines — “I Am Evidence” exposes the alarming backlog of untested rape kits in the United States through a character–driven narrative, bringing to light the disturbing pattern of how the criminal justice system has treated sexual assault survivors. Co-produced by (and featuring) Mariska Hargitay of the NBC show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” the documentary asks not just why there is a rape kit backlog, but also what can be done to fix the problem. The film explores those questions through the experiences of survivors (including Detroit’s Ericka Murria) as they trace the fates of their kits and re-engage in the criminal justice process. “I Am Evidence” illuminates how the system has impeded justice while also highlighting those who are leading the charge to work through the backlog, among them Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Metro Detroit premiere. Unrated; adult situations and language, including discussion of sexual assault.
After the film: Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley leads a discussion with producer Mariska Hargitay, co-directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir, survivor Ericka Murria, and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
3 p.m. Sun., April 15, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA