Film explores growing global concerns over privacy and technology
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law will host a public screening of a futuristic psychological and political thriller that explores legal issues surrounding a speculative new medical technology that can read people’s memories in video form.
“Justice Is Mind,” an independently produced Hollywood film, takes a look at what happens when a new technology provides evidence that a person has committed murder. The screening is set for 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 14) in the UM law school, Room 1078.
Inspired by a 2009 ”60 Minutes” segment that addressed mind-reading technology, ”Justice Is Mind” premiered Tuesday (Oct. 8) at the Boston University School of Law. The film is produced, directed and written by Mark Lund, an award-winning magazine publisher and award-nominated screenwriter.
“Having ’Justice Is Mind’ start its law school tour with such prestigious law schools and legal scholars is a great beginning to a film that revolves around new science and law,” Lund said.
“Justice Is Mind” follows businessman and restaurant owner Henri Miller, who has been afflicted with unexplained headaches since childhood. When he has the new procedure called FVMRI, which can read a person’s long-term memories as videos, it reveals that he has allegedly shot and killed two people.
Soon, the trial of the century begins and Miller is faced with his own memory at trial. In addition, a dark family secret, held by Henri’s minister father, Joseph, reveals itself in the courtroom.
To see the movie’s official trailer, go to http://youtu.be/t1VkaaTJAV0.
The film is timely with growing global concerns about privacy and recent Supreme Court decisions, which could have wide-reaching implications in the rapidly evolving technology surrounding criminal procedure.
“Through the involvement of medical and legal ethicists, the filmmaker has shed a light on a developing an unchartered area of the law,” said Richard Gershon, dean of the UM law school. “We are thrilled to be part of the national law school tour for ’Justice Is Mind’ and look forward to engaging our faculty and students in a robust discussion of these cutting-edge issues.”
“Justice Is Mind” stars Vernon Aldershoff, Robin Ann Rapoport, Paul Lussier and Kim Gordon.
For more information, visit http://www.justiceismind.com/ or call 662-915-3424.