Jeff Himpele - Film Premiere "Shame on You!"

Dec 6, 2023, 12:30 pm1:30 pm



Event Description

Jeffrey Himpele, and Frederick Wherry will premiere their award-winning film, Shame On You! Shame On You! was produced and directed by VizE Lab Director Jeffrey Himpele along with executive director Frederick Wherry, director of the Debt Collection Lab. After more than a year of directing the work of an investigative journalist, three voice actors, and an animator, Himpele completed editing Shame On You! in the VizE Lab in August 2023. The film is a short, animated documentary that plunges into data visualized at the Debt Collection Lab. In recreating several personal stories from interviews with people trapped in debt collection lawsuits, the film shows that it is because of hidden shame about debt that their stories are untold and why 90% of the cases in the data are either unrepresented in courts or unopposed. Enabled by shame as well as fear of the judicial system, predatory debt collection is a billion-dollar industry.

Discussants: Anthropology Graduate Student, JahAsia Jacobs, and Sociology Graduate Student Marie-Lou Laprise

Shame on You!