Following the film screening, I AM EVIDENCE producer Mariska Hargitay will join in a conversation with Joyful Heart Foundation CEO and Executive Producer Maile Zambuto about what is being done to end the rape kit backlog and what this film will mean for survivors across the country and in Hawai‘i as they continue to seek healing and justice.
I AM EVIDENCE exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the United States today. Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, hundreds of thousands of kits containing potentially crucial DNA evidence languish untested in police evidence storage rooms across the country. Behind each of these kits lies an individual’s unresolved sexual assault case.
Produced by Mariska Hargitay and Trish Adlesic, I AM EVIDENCE follows stories of survivors who have waited years for their kits to be tested, as well as the law enforcement officials who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long- awaited justice in these cases. The film reveals the high cost of the lingering lassitude surrounding rape investigations in this country, and the positive effects of treating survivors with the respect they deserve and an opportunity for justice.
For more information about the backlog in Hawaii and across the country, please visit endthebacklog.org. For more information about the I AM EVIDENCE documentary, go to iamevidencethemovie.com.