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I, Destini

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:30pm
Community Partner(s)

I, Destini

Nicholas Pilarski and Destini Riley | 
USA |
 2016 | 
14 minutes

THIS SCREENING IS PART OF THE JUSTICE FORUM SERIES AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION. 

I, Destini is an autobiographical account of 14-year-old Destini Riley’s struggle to grapple with the societal forces that led to her brother being incarcerated in Durham, North Carolina — a city notorious for racial profiling. Riley’s self-penned narration, coupled with inspired animation, tells a powerful story about the barriers that media, class, race, and the law can place between people. -CP

Filmmaker

Nicholas Pilarski

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Nicholas Pilarski works to create art that facilitates dialogue through documentary. Central to this practice is a focus on activism and restorative justice through an art-making process. As a visual artist, Pilarski’s work has screened at multiple festivals/venues including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at Abstract Currents, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands with CineDancs, the Full Frame Documentary Festival and Aspen Short Film Festival. Pilarski is currently a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow at Duke University where he currently works with youth at the Center for Court Innovation in New York City.

Filmmaker

Destini Riley

Destini Riley is an emerging artist and activist for her community in Durham, NC. She is a honor student at Jordan High School and a graduate of the School of Doc at the Full Frame Documentary Festival. She hopes to one day go to college to be a civil rights lawyer or the next Spike Lee.