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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 characterdriven narrative, bringing to light the disturbing pattern of how the criminal justice system has treated sexual assault survivors. Co-produced by (and featuring) MariskHargitay 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 Murriaas 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 Gandbhirsurvivor Ericka Murria, and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. 

3 p.m. Sun., April 15, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA

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YEAR 2017
RUN TIME 89 minutes
PRODUCED BY Mariska Hargitay, Trish Adlesic
DIRECTED BY Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir
Cinematograper Tony Hardmon
EDITORS Geeta Gandbhir, Virdiana Lieberman