A short documentary
Produced by: Wide Open Exposure Productions, Yavar Hameed Productions
Release date: January 2020
Lawyers (F)or Justice? is an exploration of the contemporary viability of socially conscious law in Ontario.
It follows lawyer and director, Yavar Hameed, in his journey to understand the relationship between law and justice from the perspective of social activists, established socially conscious lawyers, and law students. Within the deepening crisis of access to justice in Ontario, this film considers whether recent law school graduates, faced with rising levels of tuition and debt, can afford to practice socially conscious law. Can emerging lawyers break their financial chains while staying true to their ideological principles?
Yavar Hameed is a human rights lawyer who has practiced in Ottawa for the last 18 years. He advocates for the rights of those who resist against racism, criminalization of dissent and other struggles.
Amy Miller is a Montreal-based, award-winning filmmaker whose films have been screened at more than eighty festivals around the world. She is a media maker and social justice organizer, and remains dedicated to developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and aiding grassroots campaigns for justice.
Boban Chaldovich is a filmmaker, video editor and graphic animator working on social, economic and climate justice documentaries and videos. His work has been shown at numerous international film festivals, community events and television stations across the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Jadis Mariette Dumas
Jadis Mariette Dumas is a multidisciplinary artist working for over seven years as an independent filmmaker and editor, specializing in documentary and video art. Primarily self-taught, she also completed Capilano University’s Documentary Film Programme. Since then she has been a videographer and editor on various films being shown through international festivals, and is excited to be sharing her first feature film on decolonizing education. She is passionate about producing honest and beautiful storytelling through film which inspires social justice engagement.