The First Step

October 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium

dir. Brandon Kramer, 2022
Not Rated – 1 hr. 30 mins.


Features post-film panel discussion

In a divided America, progressive activist and political commentator Van Jones controversially works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes Van and a coalition of unlikely allies deep into the inner workings of a divisive administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.

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The First Step poster