The Throwaways Rochester Sneak Preview & Community Fair


  "The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration of poor people of color." 

-Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow

Please join us for a sneak preview of the Throwaways documentary and a discussion with the filmmakers (Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak) and local panelists involved in the Rochester community.  Have a chance to connect with groups that are working for social justice in our city during the Community Fair!

The Throwaways is the story of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY.  As he strives to get his voice heard and capture the stories of people living on the margins, McKinley confronts the unavoidable stories of his past and battles against the stigma of being formerly incarcerated.  Guided by this personal narrative of survival, The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black males in America.  More than a simple illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this film is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.*

Suggested donation: $10.  Please help us cover the cost of organizing this event.  Give more if you can and less if you can’t. 

What's happening:

  • 4:30pm Community Fair: Connect with local social justice and community groups!
  • 5:00pm Film introduction, followed by screening
  • 6:15pm Discussion with filmmakers and local panelists about the film, the issues affecting the   Rochester community and ways to get involved for positive change!
  • 7:15pm Community Fair: Connect with local social justice and community groups.



Parking for the Downtown United Presbyterian Church is on the street, or according to posted regulations on nearby lots.

Wheelchair accessibility:

The Downtown Presbyterian building is wheelchair accessible. Please use the ramp at the Spiritus Christi entrance next door, then turn left immediately once inside the building and go up another ramp to  the reception and elevator area.

November 15, 2013 at 4:30pm - 8pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church

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