The Adachi Project to honor late S.F. public defender with creative initiative

On February 4, 2021, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office launched a unique storytelling partnership with Compound and Even/Odd to honor the legacy of the late Public Defender and award-winning filmmaker Jeff Adachi. This creative initiative illuminates powerful stories and unseen perspectives of the U.S. criminal legal system via compelling documentary film, video, and photojournalism. Its creative goal is to use the lens of public defenders and the communities we represent, as well others impacted by the criminal legal system, to elevate the voices of all people, and produce media that “expands understanding of the human impact of ‘justice’ on our communities, and influences our vision for an equal and just society.”

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Sam Whiting of the San Francisco Chronicle announced the launch of The Adachi Project online in the Datebook and in print on the cover of the Bay Area Section. [Photo credit: Santiago Mejia]

“No one is better suited than we are to get out the view of the system from the vantage point of our clients and the people who represent them,” says Raju …the only public defender in any county in California who is elected, not appointed.

“This is not just following attorneys around in their day to day and into court,” says Valerie Ibarra, who is part of the office team. “These films are evocative and bring people into the experiences of our clients.”
‘DEFENDER – VOL 00’ – the inaugural work of The Adachi Project – will be released in February 2021.


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