Angel Cordero spent 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
In 1999, Cordero was 25 when he was arrested in the Bronx for attempted murder and robbery. Paroled in 2012, he has yet to be exonerated – despite numerous sworn statements from witnesses who say he was not involved and a confession under oath by another man.
The award-winning documentary Coming Home – the opening film at this month’s Human Rights Film Festival – chronicles his attempt to rebuild his relationship with his daughter.
The festival, now in its fourth year, is organized by Humber International Development grad Gilad Cohen. Cordero and filmmaker Viko Nikci will be at the screening for a Q&A session.
Twelve films will be screened over the course of the four-day festival, which begins December 10 – on International Human Rights Day. All screenings take place at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
“In 2012, we focused strictly on using film to raise awareness of human rights atrocities in North Korea,” explains Cohen. “Since then, we've grown to focus on sharing global human rights issues through the arts. With a broadened focus, we've also been able to broaden and expand our audiences,” from 560 festival goers in 2012 to nearly 1400 last year.
Humber students who want to go can get in for the discounted rate of $6.50 by going to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema at Bathurst and Bloor and presenting a valid Humber student ID card.
Click here for more information about the festival and Cohen’s non-profit organization Jayu. Proceeds from the film fest will go to a number of Jayu initiatives, including a photography mentorship program for homeless youth.