REMAND and DIVINE COLLISION
Over the past two years, Nashville-based Revolution Pictures has been working to capture the incredible relationship between Pepperdine Law and the Uganda Judiciary. The stunningly shot forty-minute documentary entitled REMAND was filmed over the course of fifteen months in Southern California and East Africa and tells the story of transformation on both continents. The first preview screening of the director's cut took place in November of 2015 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica for friends and family to enjoy the story on the big screen and to provide feedback and support.
In January of 2016, the lead character in REMAND – a former juvenile prisoner named Tumusiime Henry – traveled to the United States for five weeks as he and Professor Gash toured the country promoting their new book, Divine Collision, which tells the full story of how Pepperdine's relationship with Uganda transformed both of their lives and a portion of the Ugandan criminal justice system. In conjunction with the book tour, Professor Gash had the opportunity to speak to students all over the country about Pepperdine's Global Justice Program, including at Baylor, Belmont, Lipscomb, Abilene Christian, Harding University, Lubbock Christian, Azusa Pacific, and at other schools and churches. Gash and Henry also appeared on television and radio shows across the country.
On this tour, REMAND was screened in eleven different locations around the country, culminating in one last screening at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, where the final version of the documentary was unveiled. The film's producers have now entered the documentary into film festivals around the country and world, with further distribution details to emerge in the coming months. We are so proud of the work of our students and faculty who have poured their hearts into this program and haven't been afraid to invest and commit where the Lord has led them.
While the documentary has been and will continue to be an exciting project, the work upon which it is based is our true joy. We are currently engaged in preparations for the 2016 Prison Project in Western Uganda, where we will work in three different prisons preparing cases for resolution. Just like in the film, our students just finished their finals and are settling in to their eight-week internship with the judiciary. We are in the final stages of gathering a team of lawyers and judges to participate in the prison project as well as a series of ADR, Plea Bargaining, and Appellate Mediation trainings.
To read more about the story of REMAND, see the following resources:
BBC News, CCCU Advance, Guideposts Magazine