Conversations at the Edge

November 14 – Tirtza Even: Natural Life

Posted on | November 8, 2013 | Comments Off

Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. | Special preview screeningTirtza Even in person! 

Still from Natural Life (Tirtza Even, 2013). Courtesy of the artist.

Still from Natural Life (Tirtza Even, 2013). Courtesy of the artist.

Still from Natural Life (Tirtza Even, 2013). Courtesy of the artist.

For more than 15 years, video artist and documentary filmmaker Tirtza Even has created a body of work that addresses an array of complex social and political issues in Palestine, Turkey, Spain, Germany, and the US. She presents a special preview of her latest project, Natural Life, a feature-length documentary about six individuals who, as youths, received the most severe sentence given to convicted adults—“natural life” or life without parole. Pairing interviews with inmates and those involved in their cases (family members, attorneys, police officers, and victims) with documented and staged scenes, Even’s film is an elegant and unflinching challenge to the inequities of the juvenile justice system.

2013, USA, digital file, 85 min + discussion

TIRTZA EVEN (b.1963, Jerusalem) is a video artist and documentary filmmaker based in Chicago. Her work has appeared widely at international festivals, galleries and museums including the Whitney Biennial and the Johannesburg Biennial, and is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Jewish Museum, New York; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; among others. She is an Associate Professor in SAIC’s Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department.

Natural Life was produced alongside and with the support of the legal efforts of the Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle.

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