TIFF Lightbox 2 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 6:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 1:15 PM
Hart House Theatre Thu, May 2, 2019 12:30 PM
OC, Live captioned Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Crime & Justice
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ariella Pahlke
Nance Ackerman
Teresa MacInnes
Producer(s):Teresa MacInnes
Annette Clarke
Executive Producer(s):Annette Clarke
Writer(s):Nance Ackerman
Ariella Pahlke
Teresa MacInnes
Cinematography:Nance Ackerman
Sound:Judith Gruber-Stitzer


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Women are the fastest-growing segment of the prison population in Canada. A filmmaking team attempts to understand this statistic by documenting the experiences of a few incarcerated women and embarking on a collaborative project that reveals the intricacies of a broken system. When the women on the inside are empowered with cameras and the freedom to narrate their own stories, they flip the narrative from a voyeuristic lens to an authentic point of view, inviting us to witness their triumphs and struggles in a deeply intimate way. Repetitive convictions and sentences become the norm within a hugely deficient support system. Working with an advocacy group, the women make the choice to join the decarceration movement and have their say in building a world without prisons and punishment. Mariam Zaidi

Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO.

Additional Information

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