SAN FRANCISCO — Join the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., as it pays tribute to Public Defender Jeff Adachi (1959-2019) with free documentary screenings.

Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.: “Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders” (2002), directed by Pamela Yates. The movie chronicles a year of trench warfare in jails, holding cells, courtrooms, law offices and police stations, revealing the criminal justice system as never seen before. “Presumed Guilty” is a powerful look at the triumphs, defeats and moral dilemmas of a group of lawyers in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. (1 hour, 56 minutes)

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Wednesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m.: “Defender” (2017), directed by Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi. A film about the critical role that public defenders play in fighting for racial and social justice in America. Adachi tells the story of how public defenders came to be, and why they play a critical role as the watchdogs of a system that over-incarcerates people of color and poor people. (70 minutes)

“America Needs a Racial Facial” (2016), written and directed by Jeff Adachi. A short film about race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video, historical and contemporary, depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country. (8 minutes)

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