Abby Harri ’14 and Michael Nakan ’14: Searching for Justice

By Beth Walk

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Abby Harri '14

The Research

Abby Harri, a film and media studies major, and Michael Nakan, a Writing Seminars major, are collaborating on Baby Booking, a documentary that paints a picture of the state of juvenile justice in Baltimore via the stories of two young men, Vernon and Justin, who have spent considerable time navigating the system. The film also includes interviews with local individuals and organizations involved with juvenile justice, including former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson; former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; and staff from nonprofits that advocate for improved conditions and policy for juvenile offenders.

Michael Nakan

In Their Own Words

“The project feels like a constantly growing living thing that needs to be tamed into a cohesive narrative, which is challenging in the most positive way,” says Harri. “The opportunity for future audiences to connect with these stories is our main goal, and the possibility for social change as a result of our work excites me.”

Advisers: Meredith Ward, Lecturer, Film and Media Studies, and Peter Beilenson, Lecturer, Public Health

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