Legal Lens

A Documentary Journalism Project

Harvard Law School Students, Faculty, Filmmakers, and Journalists

Five Films

Gentrification
Nerissa Naidoo & Kevin Patumwat

Pregnancy Discrimination
Elizabeth Ferrie, Zamzam Ahamed Mohammed & Yafit Shalev

Immigration
Daren Zhang & Tianhao He

Climate Change
Adam Joel Posluns & Katerina Simonova

Prison Reform
David Benger, Elisabeth Mabus & Peerce Jools McManus

Legal Lens

Legal Lens, a collaboration between Harvard Law School students, distinguished faculty, award-winning filmmakers, and journalists, is the brainchild of Martha Minow, the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and former Dean of the Law School, and Joseph Tovares, an award-winning documentary producer and media executive.

The project sits at the intersection of the law, documentary, and journalism and has two primary purposes. First, the project gives a voice and a platform to a diverse group of law students and helps them understand how media can be a tool for advancing public debate and discussion about important issues. Second, the short films and associated content will add to the public’s understanding of “the law” and give audiences the opportunity to understand the legal process and better appreciate the role that laws and regulations play in our lives.

Legal Lens is produced in collaboration with The Kindling Group.

The project is supported by the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Film Credits

Gentrification

Producers
Nerissa Naidoo
Kevin Patumwat

Camera/Field Producer
PH O'Brien
Mike Shum

Project Advisor
Patricia Alvarado

Discrimination

Producers
Elizabeth Ferrie
Zamzam Ahamed Mohammed
Yafit Shalev

Camera/Field Producer
Nikki Bramley

Project Advisor
Danny Alpert

Immigration

Producers
Daren Zhang
Tianhao He

Camera/Field Producer
Allie Humenuk

Project Advisor
Chris Hastings

Climate Change

Producers
Adam Joel Posluns
Katerina Simonova

Camera/Field Producer
Andrew Mudge
Nikki Bramley
Ken Fraser

Project Advisor
Joseph Tovares

Prison Reform

Producers
David Benger
Elisabeth Mabus
Peerce Jools McManus

Camera/Field Producer
Mike Shum

Project Advisor
Gabriel London

Series Credits

Story Consultant
Linda Matchan

Coordinating Producer
Beth Sternheimer

Associate Producer
Cariña Nieto

Assistant Producer
Danielle Bryant

Production Assistant
Victoria Borneman

Production Coordinator
Rachel Keeler

Motion Graphics
Coda Story & Kaleida Studio

Post-Production Coordinator
Ben Liguori

For Kindling Group
Executive Producer
Danny Alpert

Series Producer
Kristen Pichaske

Legal Lens Executive Producers
Martha Minow
Joseph Tovares