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Summer Series: Rebecca Richman Cohen, Harvard Law School

  • When: June 27, 2018, 12–3 pm
  • Where: 175 Rubloff, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Lakeside, Chicago, IL

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Untouchable

Screening of the film Untouchable. 

Synopsis: When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to pass the toughest sex offender laws in the nation. UNTOUCHABLE chronicles his crusade, and its impact on the lives of several of the 800,000 people forced to live under the kinds of laws he has championed. The film interweaves intimate portraits of men and women who have been branded sex offenders with the heartbreaking stories of those who have suffered sexual abuse. It is a film that pushes viewers toward an uncomfortable place, requiring them to walk in the shoes of those who have survived sexual abuse, but to still bear witness to the experiences of those we revile.

Courtesy of Harvard University

Rebecca Richman Cohen has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2011.  She is an Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker with experience in human rights, criminal defense, and drug policy reform. Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an "up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film." Her films have won awards at film festivals including SXSW and Tribeca and have been broadcast on networks including HBO, Sundance/AMC, public television, and Al Jazeera.  She has taught classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), American University's Human Rights Institute, and most recently at Columbia University. Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She was a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellow and a 2015-2016 fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

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