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Lecture by REBECCA WEXLER on DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING AS LEGAL ADVOCACY, EVIDENCE, AND ARGUMENT: THE YALE VISUAL LAW PROJECT

The United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission Presents

a Lecture by REBECCA WEXLER

on

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING AS LEGAL ADVOCACY, EVIDENCE, AND ARGUMENT: THE YALE VISUAL LAW PROJECT

As an independent documentary filmmaker and Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, Rebecca Wexler co-founded and served as lead instructor for the Yale Visual Law Project (VLP), an initiative designed to enhance legal knowledge through documentary film methodology. The VLP began with the widespread observation that documentary film can aid legal advocacy, reaching non-academic communities that might benefit from legal awareness but are unlikely to achieve this through traditional means. The VLP then sought to move beyond questions of advocacy to consider further venues for the integration of law and documentary on both practical and epistemological levels. Wexler will relate some of the VLP’s proposals concerning use of documentaries within legal arguments in the courtroom; standards for the evaluation of video evidence; and methodological options for analytic knowledge-production in legal scholarship.

Date: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

Time: 6.00 -7.30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served from 5.30 – 6.00 p.m. Venue: United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission Auditorium

New Address: 55 Abdul Caffoor Mawatha, Colombo 3 (off Duplication Road, next to Stone & String)

Entry: By prior registration only – seating will be on a first-come first-served basis. Call: 256 4176 and 471-8744 to register

Rebecca Wexler is a Fulbright Advanced Research and Lecturing Scholar at the Tulana Media Unit, Tulana

Center for Research and Encounter. She is a documentary filmmaker and a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She completed her B.A. in History of Science and Women’s Studies at Harvard College (suma cum laude), and her M. Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at Cambridge University (high first distinction), where she studied as a Gates-Cambridge Fellow. TULmedia