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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The Ride

Directed by Jeff Adachi, Jim Choi

USA / 2017 / 16 mins / English / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema


Downtown Independent
April 30, 2017 4:30 pm


THE RIDE tells the story of San Francisco Public Defenders Office and head Jeff Adachi’s fight against racial bias and injustice in the judicial system.  Adachi takes viewers on a personal, intense ride through the underbelly of San Francisco’s criminal “injustice” system. A recent case, involving a young African American man charged with resisting police officers, offers rare insight into what happens behind the scenes in a case with racial overtones.


Director's Bio

Adachi is a national leader in the fight against racial bias in the judicial system. As one of the country’s few elected chief public defenders, he is an advocate for cities to provide legal counsel for undocumented immigrants facing deportation under current federal executive orders. Jeff’s films THE SLANTED SCREEN, THE JACK SOO STORY, AMERICA NEEDS A RACIAL FACIAL and DEFENDER explore questions of ethnic diversity, race relations, cultural traditions.


Executive Producer: Amit Nagpal
Directors: Jeff Adachi , Jim Choi
Producers: Jeff Adachi
Cinematographer: Directors
Consulting Producers: Stephen Gong, Donald Young
Music: disinterested
Graphics & Design: Sean Dana
Producers Rep: Corey Tong


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    Steve James / Special Presentation / USA / 2016 / 88 mins
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    Preceded by: The Ride

Dates & Times


Downtown Independent
April 30, 2017 4:30 pm