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Roxie Theater: Jeff Adachi Tribute: Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders

April 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Public Defenders IN PERSON!*

Chronicling a year of trench warfare in jails, holding cells, courtrooms, law offices and the police stations of San Francisco, PRESUMED GUILTY reveals a criminal justice system maze and the Public Defenders seeking justice, previously unseen before this vivid 2002 documentary.

Still required viewing for new hires to the office that Adachi transformed into the envy of a nation and the pride of our city, Pamela Yates powerful documentary (produced by KQED!) goes behind the scenes to follow courtroom dramas & high-profile murder trails, revealing the triumphs, defeats and moral dilemmas of a group of lawyers whose emotional investment in the outcomes of their low-income, resource-strapped clients is nothing less than astounding. A cinematic anthem for the San Francisco Public Defenders Office, PRESUMED GUILTY also pays pitch-perfect tribute to a team led by Jeff Adachi, a dearly departed civic hero and an irrepressibly dogged crusader for the rights of the poor.

Directed by Pamela Yates. With Jeff Adachi, Michele Forrar, Stephen Rosen, Phoenix Streets, Will Maas, Nigel Phillips & Lam Choi. A co-production of KQED & Skylight 2002. 116 mins.
*Attorneys from the Public Defender’s Office include: Felony Manager Kleigh Hathaway, Misdemeanor Manager Brian Pearlman, and Deputy Public Defenders Phoenix Streets and Rebecca Young!

Pamela Yates, Skylight, and
the San Francisco Office of The Public Defender.

Follow Pamela Yates’ blog about the making of the documentary.

Preceded by Jeff Adachi’s short film RACIAL FACIAL . A vibrant collage of images & video – historical & contemporary – depicting both the division & blending that has characterized the history & treatment of people of color in this country. 8.5 mins.


April 3, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Roxie Theater
3117 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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(415) 863-1087