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EU Rendez-Vous: “Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man”

  • Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20064 United States (map)

Oct 20, 2015 Event Time: 6PM

620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

The European Union Delegation to the United States, together with the Catholic University of America, is pleased to invite you to the following event:

 “Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man”

Washington, DC Premiere followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and film’s subject, & reception

Tuesday, October 20th – 6 PM

Father O’Connell Hall, Catholic University of America

EU Rendez-Vous: “Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man”

       

Oct 20, 2015 Event Time: 6PM

620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

The European Union Delegation to the United States, together with the Catholic University of America, is pleased to invite you to the following event:

 “Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man”:

Washington, DC Premiere followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and film’s subject, & reception

Tuesday, October 20th – 6 PM

Father O’Connell Hall, Catholic University of America

 

Agenda

  • 6.00 pm: official launch of the event. Welcome remarks by:
    • Claudia Bornholdt, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Catholic University of America
    • David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States
    • Gregory Bayne, Documentary Producer
  • 6.15 pm: Documentary screening
  • 7.40-8 pm: Questions & answers with Gregory Bayne (filmmaker) and Kirk Bloodsworth (film’s subject)
  • 8-9.00 pm: Reception

This EU Rendez-Vous is organized in relation to the World and European Day against the Death Penalty.

Background

On the documentary:

“Bloodsworth: an Innocent Man”, tells the story of Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States. He had been wrongly convicted of rape and murder of a 9 year-old girl, Dawn Hamilton, in 1984. After serving nine years in jail, including several in death row, Kirk has been released and pardoned in 1993 thanks to DNA evidence. See further information here.

On the European Union ‘s role in organizing this event and the EU involvement in opposing the death penalty in the US:  

The European Union and its 28 Member States are unequivocally opposed to the death penalty at all times and under any circumstances. An inhuman punishment, it fails to deter criminal behavior and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. Miscarriages of justice-inevitable in any legal system-are irreversible when a death sentence is imposed. Every year, on the occasion of the World and European Day against the Death Penalty, the European Union raises awareness on this issue and reiterate their strong opposition to the use of capital punishment. Under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, the EU supports several NGOs working toward the abolition of capital punishment in various countries around the world, including the US (such as Witness to Innocence) and a number of nations in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. See further information here. 

On the Catholic University of America:

The Catholic University of America (CUA) has kindly accepted to host this Washington DC preview in its prestigious and recently renovated Heritage Hall. The European Union Delegation is grateful to CUA, and in particular its School of Arts and Sciences and Program in European Studies. 

Please RSVP before October 19th