Fiona Apple has scored The Court Watchers, a new short film about the importance of court watching for the National Courtwatch Network. She also serves as one of the film’s narrators, talking about her own court watching experience. Watch it below.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Apple explained that part of her involvement in the PSA was due to her own arrest for drug possession in 2012: “It was drugs, it was hash. I wasn’t violent. But I could have gone away for 10 years, you know? And that’s happening to people all of the frickin’ time. It’s happening to people every day. For less.”
“Court watching is really the gateway to a better community, a better world, because it will make you care,” Apple added. “It makes you care about people you don’t know. And we need more of that. We really need more of that.”
Injustice happens in empty courtrooms. But in a growing number of places, people are holding the system accountable by showing up in court. Volunteering to court watch. Documenting what they see.
We’re watching. This powerful short film (scored by Fiona Apple!) tells our story: pic.twitter.com/zMFiZo2WNR
— MAKE COURTS ACCESSIBLE! (@courtwatchpg) February 15, 2023