The Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series on “The Role of Law in American Society” continues at the Center on December 3rd with screenings of Philadelphia in honor of World AIDS Day. Screenings are at 5:30pm and 7:45pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Philadelphia (1993) was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the tragic consequences of homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by Jonathan Demme, and stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. Hanks won an Oscar for his moving performance.
Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a senior associate at the largest corporate law firm in Philadelphia who also happens to be a gay man living with HIV/AIDS. When he is fired shortly after a partner in the firm notices a lesion on his forehead, Beckett fears he has been the victim of discrimination and decides to file a lawsuit against his former employer for wrongful termination. He turns to Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), the only lawyer in the City of Brotherly Love willing to take on the case, who must struggle to overcome his own fears and prejudices as he seeks justice for an ailing Beckett.
The Riverside Community College District would like to thank the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for their generous sponsorship of this series.